When to Worry
There is an orderly progression to acquiring fine motor skills. But its pace is often uneven and can be easily interrupted by a new fixation, such as learning to walk. Don't be too concerned if progress seems slow. Still, there are some red flags, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. They include:
- By 2 months, baby has not "discovered" her hands.
- By 3 months, she does not grab your finger and cannot hold her head up well.
- By 4 months, he does not grab for toys or bring objects to his mouth.
- By 7 months, she reaches with only one hand and has difficulty getting objects into her mouth.
- By 1 year, he is not waving, shaking his head "no," or pointing to objects.
- By 15 months, she does not seem to know how to use forks, spoons, or other common household objects and is not using a pincer grasp.
- By age 3, he can't build a tower of more than four blocks, has trouble manipulating small objects, cannot draw a circle, and has limited interest in toys.