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Week 17: Watch this 5-month-old master hand-to-hand transfer

posted 2019 Feb by

(See the magic moment in the video above)

This is actually a big deal. Passing an object between two hands is a skill your baby will work toward for months and involves coordination across the center of her body. Skilled hand-to-hand transfer won’t happen until sometime between months 5 and 7. It’s her first step in dressing herself, eating with utensils, and holding crayons.

Joined discs are a Montessori classic that help babies practice manipulating an object in one hand and eventually passing it to the other.  At first, your baby may grasp other things (like rings or rattles) and struggle with the discs because they require more developed fine motor skills. Don’t worry if it takes some practice!