9 Months Old Girl | Aug 2015
Why does my 7-month-old baby still clench her hands?
By 7 months old an infant should be able to open and close her hands, pick up a toy and move it from one hand to the other. Some children have a preference for keeping their hands closed and this is not necessarily a problem if you are easily able to completely open the hand with gentle pressure and the child is able to pick up and play with toys. At 7 months picking up a toy is still done with a “raking” motion, using all the fingers to pick up the object. By 12 months they should be able to pick up a small toy using just one finger and their thumb. If you are not able to easily open the child’s hand or she is not able to hold and move toys from one hand to the other you should have her evaluated by her doctor.