0 to 3 Month Fine Motor Milestones

  • Placeholder ImageReflexive grasp (birth)
  • Hands tight fists (0-2 months)
  • Bring hands within range of eyes and mouth, try to bring hands to mouth (1-2 month) and may be successful around end of 3 months
  • Pre-reaching: ineffective reaching attempts (1-3 months)
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3 to 6 Fine Motor Milestones

  • Placeholder ImageVoluntary grasp: more relaxed, half open hands that baby can open and shut willfully (Avg. start: 3 months)
  • Begins block play and manipulating blocks
  • Grasp and shake hand toys
  • Successful reach and grasp- could be 1 or 2 handed (Avg. start: 4-5 months)

9 to 12 Fine Motor Milestones

  • Placeholder ImagePincher grasp- grabbing small items with the thumb and pointer finger (Avg start: 9 months)
  • Waves (9-10 months)
  • Claps (10 months)
  • Bangs toys together (12 months)
  • Puts objects in and out of container (12 months)
  • Stacks blocks (12 months)
  • Releases objects crudely (Avg. start: 12-14 months)
  •  Controlled release (Avg. start: 18 months)