One of the most crucial developments for children is their ability to respond when we call their names. Your Child does that now!
The little one can now recognize the name that their parents have taken time to list and narrow down months earlier. This magic normally happens around 4 – 8 months, although some babies may develop the ability a bit earlier or later than that.
How to support this development
Repeat Your Child ’s name frequently when playing, or call out the name in normal tone while standing approximately 120 cm away. When you speak about your child to others, use Your Child ’s name instead of saying “baby” — remember children learn a great deal of language from just listening to what we say even if we don’t say it directly to them. You can also introduce your baby to the people at the supermarket or to your neighbors. The more children hear their name, the faster they will learn that it’s theirs.
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)