Posted in Milestones & Development, Babies

When did you LO start grasping/holding onto toys?

My son will be 4mo next week and still does not seem entertained with toys as far as wanting to reach or hold onto them. I put them in his hands but after a couple seconds he’ll let go. Is this normal? When did you baby start holding onto or seem interested in toys?

  • Elle
    Feb 07

    You're correct, that is developmentally late. Google "cdc milestones" most likely isnt a problem if he hits all of the other age appropriate milestones in the same category of development

  • Anonymous
    Feb 07

    Do you have a child well visit at 4 months? My pediatrician gives a questionnaire before every well visit that asks questions about their age appropriate development. Do you have a baby gym with toys that dangle over head? That may motivate him. He should be able to bat at the toys and track them side to side and up and down. If none of this is happening, I would call your pediatrician.

  • Anonymous
    Feb 07

    Mine started around 6 weeksish. I don’t think that’s normal, but it’s so dependent, is he meeting other milestones ok? CAN he hold them he just isn’t interested in them? It’s hard to say based off of little info. Try not to worry!

  • Laurie
    Feb 07

    He has a play mat and kicks at the ones that hang down, but doesn’t reach for them. Shortly after posting this, I put one in his hand and he held it for a good minute or two, so there’s some progress!!! 🤗

  • Anonymous
    Feb 08

    Oh great! I started out with those little blankies that have the animal attached, those were easiest to hold at first then just moved up from there!

  • Amy
    Feb 08

    I think a little before 3 months was the first signs of really being interested in toys for my little one. I'm sure it varies a lot - mine was grabbing anything she touched from the beginning, so holding it wasn't the issue for mine. Are the toys you're offering shaped for tiny hands? A wubbanub brand animal with a pacifier was the first toy she really liked - the animals' legs were perfect for holding. Bigger stuffed animals she would bat at once then ignore.

  • AVG
    Feb 09

    Your LO is fine! My LO at the same age did the exact thing. I was worried too but by 5-5.5 months she was entertaining herself and grasping toys. Try rotating toys so he sees new ones and picks out which ones he likes.

  • Aje
    Feb 09

    My son started trying to pick up toys in front of him at two months . My nephew didn’t really take an interest until about 4 months. All kids develop at different paces. I’d say as long as he’s meeting other milestones I wouldn’t worry too much. Maybe he’ll start in a few weeks. Try encouraging him a bit.

  • Aje
    Feb 09

    Also my nephew loved to kick things and use his legs but was very reluctant to use his arms. Couldn’t put him down for tummy time or try to do anything with his arms. We were concerned for a little while but now he’s over a year and totally normal. I think he was just a very tense high strung baby.

  • Laurie
    Feb 09

    Well he had a two week hospital stay when he was 2 1/2months where he was intubated and sedated for majority of that time and I think that has something to do with it as well as far as him being behind a couple weeks since that time he was immobile. I’ve also been told boys are slower than girls at learning, although I don’t know how true that is...