My 8-and-a-half month old son is in the grabbing stage. This is kind of cute when he grabs people's glasses off their face or grabs their nose; painful when he grabs my hair; and embarrassing when he grabs other babies. I'd like for him to be more social and to try to hang out with other people with babies, but if he's just going to keep reaching out and grabbing the other baby's nose or cheek or ear I don't think we'd be very popular playmates. In recent experience with babies of different ages, none has tried to grab him back.
Does anyone know how long this stage lasts and if there's anything I can do to discourage the grabbing? (Our two cats would thank you too.)