Grabbing is an important aspect of eating – especially if you are choosing to follow baby-led weaning. Children who can now sit comfortably and look at their food must also be able to grab the food and put it in their mouth.
Why Is Grabbing Important?
Grabbing food means that babies are touching their food. Touching food (or any other object) forms important neurological connections, which have a direct, profound impact on their cognitive, sensory, and linguistic development.
Textures are important in the acceptance of food. By touching food, babies start beginning to understand different textures like mushy, dry, or wet. This will prevent texture sensitivity and subsequently picky eating
While bringing food to their mouth, they will also learn to maneuver the food, bring it to their mouth, and develop good hand and eye coordination
How to Encourage Grabbing?
As early as 3 months old, babies start to discover their grasping skills by grabbing objects that catch their attention. You can help develop this skill by presenting shiny, noisy, or colorful items for them to grab.
As they approach 6 months old and start solids, they'll be more adept at bringing things to their mouths. Baby gyms are a great way to encourage this behavior, with rattles and other toys for them to grab and explore.
4 Fun Activities to Encourage Babies to Grab
1. Playtime with bubbles
2. Colorful Blocks
3. Moving Toys
4. Tugging Fun