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Pincer Grasp

Developmental Milestones


Updated July 23, 2007

A photo of a baby picking up cereal with a pincer grasp, a developmental milestone that most babies reach when they are about seven to 11 months old.
A Baby Picking Up Cereal with a Pincer Grasp

A Baby Picking Up Cereal with a Pincer Grasp

Photo (c) Shannon Long
Before they use a thumb-finger pincer grasp, at about seven to 11 months old, infants typically pick things up with a more immature palmer grasp.

Keep in mind that the sugary cereal shown above isn't really a good finger food for your child...


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The Denver Developmental Assessment (Denver II)

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