Seven-Month Touchpoint: Holding a spoon

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Seven-Month Touchpoint: Holding a spoon

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At 4 months of age, babies begin to reach. And when they start to reach, they begin to be able to stimulate themselves with the world around them. At 5 months of age, babies begin to sit up. And by 6 or 7 months of age, these things really begin to come together, so when they reach, they can grab. And they can transfer from one hand to another, and they can begin to really manipulate objects. And their sitting is more stable. So one of the new challenges, and this is what makes this a touchpoint in development, that goes with these exciting advances, is the baby wants to hold the spoon that you're feeding him with. So there's a simple little trick to handle this. You give the baby one spoon with one hand. You give another spoon for the other hand. And then you shovel in the food with a third spoon.

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Child Psychiatrist & Author brazeltontouchpoints.org

A child psychiatrist, Dr. Sparrow’s care in the 1990s for children hospitalized for severe psychiatric disturbances, often associated with physical and sexual abuse, and for developmental delays aggravated by social and economic deprivation, prompted his interest in community-based prevention and health promotion. At the Brazelton Touchpoints Center, his work focuses on cultural adaptations of family support programs, organizational professional development, and aligning systems of care with community strengths and priorities, and has included collaborative consultation with the Harlem Children's Zone and American Indian Early Head Start Programs, among many others. He has lectured extensively nationally and internationally on related topics and has consulted on media programming for children and parents, including PBS’s Frontlines and Discovery Kids. Co-author with Dr. T. Berry Brazelton of 8 books and the weekly New York Times Syndicated column, “Families Today,” Dr. Sparrow has also served as a contributing editor to Scholastic Services’ Parent and Child magazine. In 2006, he revised with Dr. Brazelton Touchpoints: Birth to Three, 2nd Edition and in 2010, co-edited Nurturing Children and Families: Building on the Legacy of T. B. Brazelton, a textbook on the ongoing generativeness of Brazelton’s seminal research in a wide range of fields. Dr. Sparrow has authored numerous other scholarly works, teaches and lectures nationally and internationally, and is frequently called upon for his expertise by national and international media. Prior to attending medical school, Dr. Sparrow worked for several years as a preschool teacher and journalist in New York City.

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