Babies are born with Grasp reflex. When we press the finger on newborn baby’s palm, he makes a fist and tries to grab our finger. This reflex stays till the baby is 3-6 months old and prepares the baby to develop his voluntary grasping abilities later. Babies like to keep their hands tightly fisted. They open their fists only in the relaxed state, such as while feeding or when almost ready to sleep. Try to stimulate the baby to practice grasp reflex often, by tapping a toy like links and rattles on his palm. Help him to hold the toy in his fist. The baby will soon get control of his hands and may further refine his fine motor skills with practice. Stimulate the baby’s sense of sight and motivate him to reach and grab a colourful toy. Attractive activity mats with lots of hanging toys in baby’s reach and mobiles on crib are great tools for this stage. Baby will master the art to grab most of the toys by the age of 6 months. Expose your baby to different textures like soft, hard, fluffy, warm, cold, spongy, fibrous, scratchy etc by providing him with different kinds of easy to clean toys, activity mats and books. Babies are fast learners at this stage, not able to speak, but absorb everything like a sponge. Soon, you will be overwhelmed to see the joy in your baby’s eyes when he is able to take his favourite toy from your hands. Don’t forget to plant a kiss on his forehead that time.
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