Week Thirty Six
Passing objects from one hand to the other
Now that your baby can confidently grasp and pick up large objects, she'll start working on developing the small muscle movements of her hands and fingers that will drastically improve her fine motor skills. One of the first tricks she'll have in her bag will be learning to pass a toy from one hand to the other without dropping it. To do this successfully, she must also have sufficiently developed her hand-eye co-ordination to make the transfer.
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While it's true that a thumb-sucking baby is very often a happy baby, once you have your baby in a good routine and he's sleeping well each night, you may start wondering how you're ever going to wean him off his thumb. With his first teeth peeping through his gums, visions of a buck-toothed pre-schooler may start to haunt you. So, the thumb was a god-send in the early days, but what do you do now?
At this age, struggling to ease your baby's thumb from his mouth is a battle that you're sure to lose - he'll resist every effort because he associates his thumb with comfort and many young children use thumb-sucking as a relaxation trigger (just watch a thumb-sucker suck and you'll see his eyes flicker as he becomes immediately drowsy). The news isn't all bad though -he'll have to take his thumb out as he begins to talk more, and with the introduction of solids, he'll be interested in putting more delicious things than his thumb into his mouth. Over time, he'll become less reliant on sucking and if you gently restrict thumb-sucking to bedtime, he'll adjust to his days being thumb-free.
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You may have noticed that one of your baby's favourite games is banging objects together to see what kind of noise they make. So why not make a virtue of this fascination and turn all that the noise into music (sort of!). You can set him up with a drum-kit (a selection of upside-down containers made of different materials and a short stick), some maracas (half-fill small plastic containers with uncooked rice, pasta or lentils and tightly screw on the lid), some cymbals (pot lids of course) and some bells (these you'll probably have to buy) and then let him rip!
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This article was written by Linda Drummond for Kidspot.com.au and has been adapted for Kidspot.co.nz