When Do Babies Recognize and Respond to Their Name

The finding of the growth of a new born baby can be so interesting to watch. How they start to crawl, then walk, then before you know it, they can talk. In their first year, they will hit many milestones, one of which is recognizing their own name.

This milestone of understanding words and language development usually begins between 4 and 9 months. But it varies in different babies and even siblings.

As a parent, you are for certain going to be anticipating when your baby says their first word. Then you proceed to teaching your baby their names.

Continue reading this articlem, and you will know more about how you can help your child learn their name, as well as when you should contact your pediatrician [1] if you have any concerns about possible developmental delays.

Signs that Indicate a Baby Knows Their Name

You may have noticed that your baby looks at you when you speak. Babies do this right from when they are born, therefore it does not mean that they understand what you are saying or that they know their names already.

So, how exactly can you tell if your child recognizes their name? Well, it’s tough. And you can’t necessarily know for sure.

First, consider your baby’s age. Although the common age that some babies are able to recognize their names is between 4 to 6 months old. [2] However, for some babies it reaches 7 to 9 months.

Second, observe your baby’s consistency. Your little one should turn to look at you or vocalize (make noises) when you say their name.

It is important that you pay attention to your baby’s body language and any sound they make. A clear sign that might indicate that your baby already knows their name is if they constantly turn towards you when you call their name, vocalize in some way, or show some other signs of recognition.