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Week 38: Puffs develop your baby's fine motor skills

posted 2019 Feb by

The pincer grasp—when your baby uses his thumb and fingers to pick up small objects—usually develops around this age.

Finding safe objects for your baby to practice his new skill can be challenging. Puff snacks are designed to melt in your baby’s mouth, so they don’t present a choking hazard as long as he is able to get them into his mouth on his own.

Place a few puffs onto his tray while he’s eating. He will rake, grab, and eventually pinch the puffs between his thumb and forefinger, bringing them to his mouth. If he can’t get the puffs into his mouth on his own, resist the temptation to put them in for him! The purpose of self-feeding at this stage is to develop fine motor skills and learn about the different textures and tastes of food. Breast milk or formula should still be the primary sources of nutrition.