Inferior pincer grasp – We have learned about the pincer grasp stage, where the infant is able to feed himself, learn to write, read, draw and complete many activities, as he is capable and has learned the art with the developing stages of palmar and raking grasp. The stage within the pincer grasp, where the child is learning the complete ability of learning, writing, drawing etc is called the inferior pincer grasp.

In the initial stages, the infant starts learning the art of grasping things. In the age of 0-6 months, the child learns to grasp things when placed at the palm. During the course of this stage, the child’s fingers become loose and they try to grasp things on their own. When he reaches the age of 5 months, he will try to scratch the table and try to hold his favorite toys.

In the second stage between the 6 to 9 months, the tooth developing starts and the child now opens the fingers and tries to grasp the objects. In this stage, the child starts developing the inferior pincer grasp, when he makes an attempt to hold small objects.

inferior pincer grasp
inferior pincer grasp

In the tenth month, the child develops the inferior pincer grasp. He will try to hold small objects and put them in his mouth. In the inferior pincer grasp stage, the child also develops the skill of pointing out his index finger and may even poke with it to indicate something. This is because the child is developing the motor skills.

Between the ages of 9 to 10 months, the baby is under the inferior pincer grasp stage, as he is learning to hold the smaller objects. He may even keep dropping it at times. As he develops his skills in the inferior pincer grasp stage, he will become more perfect and refined in the pincer grasp stage by the tenth month.

In the inferior pincer grasp stage, the child will be learning and exploring the environment and the surroundings. He will understand the surrounding with the help of taste. He will try to pick all the objects and put it in his mouth to taste and hence, it becomes the responsibility of the parents to make sure the house is clean and keep a check on the baby every time so that he doesn’t put anything harmful in his mouth.

As the baby grows and is of a year old, he has developed all the skills and has mastered the art of grasping. He learns how to coordinate with the objects and how to pick them up. He will be taking help of his forefinger and thumb to pick the objects which is called as inferior pincer grasp. He will slowly learn how to hold the spoon and fork and will also try to feed himself using the spoon or the fork.

It is also important for the parents to understand that they give the baby complete freedom of practicing the grasping skill, rather than feeding them. This will encourage the child to feed himself and also hold another object in his hand. This will help the infant increase their coordination ability.

Infants have an innate ability to reflexively close their hands when touched in the palm. By the time the baby reaches three months of age, his hands appear loose and he attempts to reach for a toy.

At five months, the baby attempts to scratch on the table and can hold a cracker or his favorite rattle. As the teething stage starts, the baby would have developed the inferior scissor grasp and rakes small objects or cheerios with the index finger.

He will be able to hold his feeding bottle. By the time the baby reaches ten months, he would be developing the inferior pincer grasp. He will be able to grasp small objects and also tries to shove them into his mouth. He may also poke and point with the index finger, as he is developing fine motor skills.

At this stage, the baby would have developed the inferior pincer grasp, but is prone to dropping objects. But gradually, the inferior pincer grasp would be polished into a perfect pincer grasp by the time the baby reaches ten months of age.

This is a stage when the baby is exploring the surroundings by tasting various objects, that he learns to put into his mouth, with the inferior pincer grasp. Therefore, it is important to childproof the home and make sure that you keep an eye on the baby at all times.

What is Pincer grasp?

The Pincer grasp is an important developmental milestone, as it is the first step towards learning to grasp things. With this skill, the baby gradually learns to do important things like feeding, writing, drawing and self care.

A newborn baby has the innate ability to grasp objects, and this explains why your baby wraps his tiny hand around your finger. A pincer grasp helps the baby to pick up and hold tiny objects within his fingers. Grasping ability starts developing right from the time of birth, and the baby learns to enhance the skills with each passing phase.

By the time the baby is one year old, he would have mastered a neat pincer grasp. He is developing coordination skills, as he picks objects with his thumb and forefinger known as the inferior pincer grasp. Gradually, he learns to hold the fork or spoon and feed himself.  Although, sometimes the food may not reach his mouth but instead reaches for the floor.

But, as a parent it is important to avoid taking the spoon and feeding the baby yourself. Instead it is important to let the baby learn through practice. Thus, with increased coordination, the baby will also learn to hold the utensil with one hand while feeding himself with the other.

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