Fine Motor Milestones
By 1 Month
- Babies exhibit grasping reflex, where they tightly grab on to a finger.
- Hands remain in clenched fists most of the time.
- They can put their fist in their mouth (although it will take a few tries to get there).
1 to 6 Months
- Hands are half opened most of the time, and baby will practice opening and closing them.
- Swipes at dangling objects.
- Uses a clawlike or raking motion (fingers and thumbs together) to grab things.
- Uses his hands to explore his body.
- Grasps and shakes handheld toys.
7 to 12 Months
- Pincer grasp develops.
- Delights at picking up and dropping toys.
- Starts to stack blocks, up to four blocks by age 1.
- Transfers items from one hand to the other, turns them from side to side, and twists them upside down.
1 to 3 Years
- Can turn doorknobs.
- Can put pegs in holes, circles first, and then, by age 2, squares.
- Will start to draw, often with large, sweeping lines and swirls.
- Can take off shoes and unzip a zipper.
- Can hold a cup with one hand.
- Starts to paint and play with clay.