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Around the age of 9 to 12 months your baby will probably have the dexterity to open a board book and even flip the thick pages one at a time (though he might not yet have the patience to sit still while you try to read him the story).
"At this point, though, the pincer grasp [using the thumb and index finger to hold small objects], which is a fine-motor skills milestone, is still developing. It will be a while — sometime around the age of 2 — before your child will be able to turn the pages in a book with paper pages," says Susan E.C. Sorensen, a pediatrician in Reno, Nevada.
Encourage a love of books by letting your baby explore board books, and don't be surprised if he wants to chew on the corners. Books that have pop-up pictures or textured illustrations are also very popular with children under 2 years.