Can babies tell the difference between their mom and dad?
Can babies tell the difference between their mom and dad?
Submitted by Parents Team

In fact, yes! Babies as young as 3 months old are able to distinguish between photos of adult male and female faces. Studies suggest that infants do favor one sex over the other -- namely, the gender of the person who's their primary caregiver, whether it's Mom or Dad. Interestingly, the preference for one gender over the other appears to be learned from experience -- it's not preprogrammed. --Hagar Scher

Originally published in Parents magazine, October 2006. Updated 2009

Answered by Parents Team