All children develop at their own pace, however we've compiled a list of some general guidelines to look for your child's self-care skills*.
At 5 1/2 months a child is able to independently hold bottle
Grasps small items with thumb against side of pointed index finger
Finger feeds self
Holds a spoon
Notifies parent that diapers are soiled
"Cooperates" with dressing
Engages in bath time by helping to wash a few body parts
Holds and drinks from a cup with minimal spilling
Able to load spoon and bring to mouth with moderate spilling
Gives up bottle
Unzips zippers and unbuttons large buttons
Requires assistance to manage pullover clothing
Able to take off pants, coat, socks and shoes without fasteners.
Has few accidents during the day and can indicate when they need to go to the bathroom
Able to feed self with little to no spilling
Independently dresses self, may need help with fasteners
Able to bathe self with the exception of washing own hair
Independent with toilet control and notification
Independent with all dressing, including shoe tying
Supervision for all grooming and bathing cares to ensure safety and quality of performance
Independent with all toileting care
Independent with all dressing tasks including the selections of appropriate clothing
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If you have concerns about your child’s fine motor skills, please talk to your pediatrician and call 1.800.KIDS.DOC (1.800.543.7362) to schedule an appointment with an occupational therapist for an evaluation.
*Information adapted from:
Beery, Keith E, PhD., Beery, Natasha A, MA. Beery VMI. Minneapolis, MN: NCS Pearson.