Pincer grip is an easier and direct way to lift and pick small objects. So far your baby would have tried picking up small objects by covering them with his/her palms, cupping them close, and squeezing them into his/her fist.
But around the eighth month, s/he will learn to use the thumb and forefingers to pick and hold small and thin objects.
This is a crucial lesson as it would pave the way for a number of future actions like the ability to eat with own hands, button up clothes, zip and unzip chains, and even hold pencils and crayons a few months later.
Parents can encourage this learning by playing games with their little one that involves pointing at and picking objects. Relocation of toys, lifting, catching and throwing them is yet another simple game that will keep your baby engrossed, and also help develop the little one’s grasping skills in the process.
But at the same time, the need for baby-proofing cannot be overemphasized here. With increased dexterity and flexibility of hands and fingers, your baby will be able to hold on to and lift everything around him/her. Hence it is imperative that you remove all dangerous substances like chemicals, deodorants, adhesives, batteries, pins, thermometer, glass items etc from your baby’s surroundings.