July 02, 2015

Q: Does my baby know his name?

A: It may seem like your baby perks up whenever you call his name, but it's not until he reaches 5 or 6 months that he should consistently respond to it. At 2 to 3 months, your baby is responding to your face and your voice -- not necessarily your words. Within the next few months, your baby will turn to your voice. And by the middle of his first year, he'll be able to distinguish the syllables of his name, although he won't yet understand what it means. --Hagar Scher

Originally published in Parents magazine, October 2006. Updated 2009

Answered by Parents Team

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December 2, 2018
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