As long as the babies can not move, they try to catch everything that comes within their reach. After about a year, they are virtuosos in terms of dexterity.
The first successful trial
- Experiments show that babies grab objects earlier than we thought a few years ago. They are likely to begin their first seizure attempts immediately after birth. Perception specialist Martin Grunwald of the University of Leipzig says: 'Newborn movements are not random. From the beginning, they have a system, a goal. The more they practice, the more secure they are. "
Small researchers use the mouth and hands
- At 3-4 months, babies discovering the world are already quite skilled. They see an exciting object and are now grasping it in a targeted way. Because they acquired the previous weeks an important capacity, the vision in three dimensions. For babies, it is the condition of a sure and certain seizure.
- Your toddler still clings to the toy with both hands and most of the time wears it to the mouth. He is sucked thoroughly and examined in detail lips and tongue. Whether it's a drooling blanket, a fluffy wet glove or a hard wooden duck, it does not bother your baby.
- Scientists have found that very early infants develop a fairly accurate picture of things in this way and they even recognize these things when they come back into the field of their sight.
He examines the material and the weight
- Little fingers are working more and more skillfully. At 6 months, your baby can already hold a cube in each hand and try to recognize by touch the material of which the toy is made. With enthusiasm, her little fingers feel the rough coating of the sofa or the smooth surface of the table. Thousands of sensors at the fingertips signal to the brain the texture of the surface. You can make your baby happy by giving him lots of things in various materials.
- A child learns, by touch and palpation, to distinguish hard, soft, smooth and slippery things and to form categories. Palpation stimulates the development of a child's language. And especially the acquisition of words that designate things.
- Between the eighth and tenth months, your baby is already able to pass a toy from one hand to the other. With this new ability, he can distinguish whether the object is light or heavy.
- Towards the end of his first year, your baby does not catch any more with the whole hand but with the thumb and the forefinger, what is called the "pincer", and develops a very advanced dexterity: the crumbs, small pearls and soft toys, almost nothing now escapes the little skilful fingers.