Your Baby's Hand Control

When he's born, your baby's hands may be nothing more than clenched fists. But by the end of his first year, he may be feeding himself, stacking toys, and turning the pages of a book. Check out this month-by-month guide to your baby's hand control.

Newborn to 1 month

Your newborn's hands remain tightly clenched during her first month. But pry open her tiny fist with your finger and you'll be surprised by her mighty grip. This is just a reflex -- your baby won't be able to deliberately hold objects for a while. And though they fascinate her, she hasn't yet discovered that her hands are a part of her body. At around 6 weeks she'll grasp one hand with the other and try to pry it open herself.

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