Fine Motor Development: Your Baby at 4 Months

Fine Motor Development means mastering precise and accurate small muscle movements of the fingers and hands in order to reach, grasp and manipulate small objects.

Typical Skills

  • Relaxes with hands mostly open, not in fists as before
  • Reaches for objects when supported in sitting position, and then brings them to mouth
  • Uses mitten grasp, i.e., fingers close on open palm with thumb sticking out
  • Glances from one object to another and looks at toys placed nearby
  • Tries to swipe at objects, but still inaccurate; may look from object to hand, and back to object; often misses, but can grab it sometime

Emerging Skills

  • Claps hands
  • Can bring hands together though hands may meet below, beyond or in front of object
  • Waves a rattle placed in his hand

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