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How can I help my 8- to 12-month-old baby learn to grasp food?

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Your baby is moving from the raking grasp to a precise finger-and-thumb pincer grasp. For practice, give him little finger foods to pick up -- like cooked peas or O-shaped cereal. Keep away choking hazards, including older children's small toys and foods like grapes, nuts and peanuts, and raw vegetables.

SOURCES:

Healthy Children: "Developmental Milestones: 12 Months;"  "Emotional and Social Development: 8 to 12 Months; "  "Cognitive Development: 8 to 12 Months;" "Language Development: 8 to 12 Months;" and "Physical Skills: 8-12 Months."

Texas Department of Health: "Healthy Start, Grow Smart: Your 10-Month-Old."

KidsHealth: "Feeding Your 8- to 12-Month-Old;" "Learning, Play, and Your 8- to 12-Month-Old;" "Communication and Your 8- to 12-Month Old;" and "Movement, Coordination, and Your 8- to 12-Month Old."

CDC: "Milestone Moments."

 

 

Reviewed by Amita Shroff on October 25, 2017

SOURCES:

Healthy Children: "Developmental Milestones: 12 Months;"  "Emotional and Social Development: 8 to 12 Months; "  "Cognitive Development: 8 to 12 Months;" "Language Development: 8 to 12 Months;" and "Physical Skills: 8-12 Months."

Texas Department of Health: "Healthy Start, Grow Smart: Your 10-Month-Old."

KidsHealth: "Feeding Your 8- to 12-Month-Old;" "Learning, Play, and Your 8- to 12-Month-Old;" "Communication and Your 8- to 12-Month Old;" and "Movement, Coordination, and Your 8- to 12-Month Old."

CDC: "Milestone Moments."

 

 

Reviewed by Amita Shroff on October 25, 2017

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