Pincer Grasp Definition: A pincer grasp is a developmental milestone that occurs within 9 to 12 months of age.
The baby will use the index finger and thumb to pick up small objects. It’s the ability to hold objects by wrapping fingers and thumb around it.
The infant starts to hold and pinch small objects around 9 to 12 months of age. The baby will be able to pick up smaller objects like pieces of food or objects.
In a few months, the baby will refine his skills and be able to have a better grasp at objects.
Inferior or Crude Pincer Grasp
The first initial step is the inferior pincer grasp where the baby uses his index finger and thumb to pick up small objects. It will remain till the 10 month where he will start developing other grasping skills.
Superior or Neat Pincer Grasp
The superior pincer is the advanced stage of your baby developmental reflexes to pick up small objects. The baby now has the type of precision where he can hold a small object such a cheerio or smaller objects.
The baby eventually learns to pick up a spoon and feed itself. The baby will eventually develop lateral pincer grasp that helps hold item between he thumb and index finger.
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