When Do Babies Start Holding Toys? – Baby’s Grasping Progress
It's quite sometime before babies will be able to realize they are not just meant for crying, sleeping, and feeding. For about four months, they will be conscious about their hands, feet and do some basic body movements. This will also be when babies do start holding toys, especially those hanging in their cribs. But how do they do this? And most importantly, how do our babies develop these skills? We will discuss a baby’s grasping progress down below.
Zero to Two Months
Have you ever tried putting your finger in a newborn’s palm? What happens next is truly amazing - the baby will curl her cute fingers around yours. This response is a reflex, an instinct of the baby, and it is a firm grasp. However, this instinct will be gone when she’s five or six months old. The baby's hands will typically be clenched in her first couple of months, but they’ll start to loosen up in three months.
Three to Four Months
During this time, the baby's muscles and hand-eye coordination are developing. They will now reach and grab for something. And if you put that in her palm, she may be able to hold it for a while. She may also try to put it in her mouth, but she might just hit herself as she doesn't have that much control yet.
Four to Eight Months
Your baby can now pick up big stuff, such as medium-sized toys or building blocks. At six months, your baby can do other things because of better hand-eye coordination. She can now grasp a toy well and pull it towards her. She may also start passing objects between her hands. Making sounds maybe her thing as she likes to shake items such as a rattle. Keep in mind to put away potentially dangerous objects from now on. And if you still haven’t child-proofed your home, do it now.
Nine to Twelve Months
With less effort, your baby can do a whole lot of things now. Once she has something, she’ll enjoy dropping it or giving it to you. Help her develop this skill by passing her some stuff to feel and handle. Using a pincer grasp with index finger and thumb, she can hold and pick up small things. Because of honed muscles and coordination, she may tend to bang things together loudly. Yes, they enjoy this sound.
By the time your child can hold and pick things up nicely, you can start giving her soft solid foods to try. A small avocado or soft banana is a great way to make her comfortable with finger foods and feeding herself. A small spoon may do this trick, too!
That’s how babies typically develop their movement and grasping skills. So, again, when do babies start holding toys? At about four months old. Your newborn may develop this skill a lot earlier or much later - only you as a parent can honestly know. Just be patient and help them be aware of this by bonding with them and providing them a safe space for playing.