Your Child now identifies friends and family members on photographs — an activity that most children enjoy a lot.
While babies are naturally attracted to faces, it’s the faces of those whom they love that are the most important to them. Beside mommy and daddy, Your Child can now identify other family members and friends in the picture. Watch out for signs of satisfaction when the little one smiles, points, and makes cooing noises when they spot someone familiar.
How to support this development
While Your Child may be able to remember other family members and friends well if the little one sees them weekly, it might take a little longer for the children to recognize those who come around less often. You can help Your Child remember by making a picture book containing photos of important friends and relatives. Include Your Child’s picture too and let the little one point them out as a game. Also, make sure you have regular video calls with family members who are far away.
Note: All children develop differently and at their own pace. For children born preterm, the referred timeframe for achieving the various developmental milestones might be incorrect.
Sources: The information and graphs about when children reach specific milestones are taken from various sources, including the United States Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Denver Developmental Screening Test, and the State Institute of Early Childhood Research, Germany (IFP).
Ketsupa Jirakarn (Mental health specialist) (13 June 2021)