When do babies unclench their fists?

Q: When will my baby unclench her fists and start to use her hands?

A: Every baby is born with clenched hands -- even if you try to straighten your baby's fingers, they'll reflexively curl back into two tight fists. By 3 months, most babies begin to unfurl their hands, slowly gaining control over their movements. By 4 months, your baby may start swatting and grabbing at toys and objects. Her hand-eye coordination will improve as she realizes that her hands are part of her body.

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