Past research shows that your baby may look as if he's responding to his name being called as early as...
Past research shows that your baby may look as if he's responding to his name being called as early as 3 months, but that technically he's just responding to the sound of your voice. Your baby loves to hear you talk to him and very much enjoys seeing your face. Your face plus the sound of your voice is what he's likely responding to when he's very young, under about six months of age. By six months of age your baby will probably respond each and every time you say his name, but research is uncertain of what this means. Some experts think that babies won't officially understand that when you say, "Sam" you mean him. On the flip side there's been some newer research in recent years that states babies may very well be able to understand what specific words mean before their first birthday. In any case, it's almost certain that sometime soon after your baby's first birthday that he'll respond to his name and know that you're talking about him. To help your baby understand what words mean sooner talk to your babe often. Other things you can try include baby sign language, use words that will interest your baby, and once in a while point at your baby in a mirror when saying his name. Even though babies don't totally get mirrors, they usually love them.

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