Mastering picking up a small item with a precise finger and thumb grasp is a huge step towards independence, including the ability to self-feed, self-dress, and eventually write his name and brush his teeth..
A good time to let your baby practice this is when he’s in his highchair. Small cereal pieces, such as Cheerios, are the perfect size to help your baby master this precise grasp. It will take quite a bit of practice on his part, but once mastered, he will be able to maneuver his toys like never before!
Make sure to remove all choking hazards, since food will not be the only thing your baby will use that handy pincer grasp to get into his mouth.