Fine Motor Skills Checklist for Babies (0 – 18 months old)

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After baby is born, you probably get asked a lot of questions like “Is he rolling yet?” or “Is she starting to crawl yet?”. And while all these developmental milestones are very important, there are also smaller milestones related to fine motor skills that your baby will begin to master. Today I've made a Fine Motor Skills Checklist for Babies ages 0-18 months old.

Fine motor skills checklist for babies, ages 0-18 months old.

This fine motor skills checklist will be a good reference guide so you know what your baby will be working on and mastering the first 18 months of his or her life. Remember, this list is not to be used to diagnose a developmental delay. If you do have concerns about your baby's development, please talk to your doctor.

Fine Motor Developmental Milestones for Babies

0-3 months old

  • Hands are in a fisted position.
  • Arm movements are random and not controlled.
  • Will watch the movement of their hands and brings their hands to their mouth.
  • Will swing at targets (toys, person) using their whole arm.
  • Will follow a person's movements with their eyes (within a few inches from their face).
  • Will begin to hold objects in their hands.

3-6 months old

  • Reaches for toys using both arms.
  • Begins to transfer objects from one hand to another.
  • Holds hands together.
  • Begins to notice objects a few feet away.

6-9 months old

  • Begin to grasp and hold onto objects.
  • Uses a raking grasp to move objects with fingers.
  • Looking for one object while holding another.
  • Pokes at objects using their index finger.
  • Takes objects to their mouth.
  • Explore textures and sensory input with the mouth.
  • Begin to hold a bottle.
  • Squeezes objects with their fist.
  • Play with their own hands.

9-12 months old

  • Begins to feed themselves finger foods.
  • Will turn pages in a book a few pages at a time.
  • Begins to put small objects in a cup or container.
  • Pincer grasp develops (using index finger and thumb to grasp objects).
  • Transfers objects between hands (beginning of crossing midline skills).
  • Grabs crayons with a fisted grasp.
  • Can hold two small objects in one hand.
  • Begins to show a preference for one hand over the other (beginning development of right handed vs. left handed).

12-18 months old

  • Can build a tower of 2 blocks high.
  • Claps hands together (beginning of bilateral coordination).
  • Waves goodbye.
  • Can scoop objects with a spoon or small shovel.
  • Bangs objects together using both hands (beginning of bilateral coordination).
  • Puts small objects into a container.
  • Scribbles with crayons on paper.

Printable Fine Motor Skills Checklist for Babies

Fine Motor skills checklist for babies.

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Heather Greutman, COTA

Heather Greutman is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant with experience in school-based OT services for preschool through high school. She uses her background to share child development tips, tools, and strategies for parents, educators, and therapists. She is the author of many ebooks including The Basics of Fine Motor Skills, and Basics of Pre-Writing Skills, and co-author of Sensory Processing Explained: A Handbook for Parents and Educators.

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