For the first six months, babies use their eyes and hands separately, fingering things without looking at them and looking at things without touching them. One of the biggest challenges of the first year of life is developing eye-hand coordination. In order to fully explore the world, your little mover-and-shaker must put these two activities—looking and touching—together. Although the subtle skill of developing hand control often receives second billing to walking, it’s just as vital.
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