How do babies know who their mothers are? They do so by using key senses. In fact, they recognize their mothers by the sound of their mothers’ voice. They also distinguish between family members and strangers. As your baby grows, you can recognize the signs of a developing brain and identify important milestones. You can find out when your baby starts distinguishing between family members and strangers by reading this article. Here are some of the key signs of early development.
Baby’s first attempts at communication
When will a baby say his or her first word? That is one of the burning questions parents ask. The truth is, babies begin to communicate even before they can say a word! Those first coos, screams, and growls are just some of the ways babies communicate. But if you have ever noticed a difference in your baby’s speech, it may be a sign of language development.
How babies recognize their mother’s voice
It’s unclear exactly how babies recognise their mother’s voice, but they seem to prefer it to that of other female voices. This may be due to the fact that their auditory pathways develop in the womb, where they’re exposed to the sound and vibrations of their mother. Studies have also shown that children recognize the sound of their mothers’ voice more readily than that of other female voices. A study from 2014 found that playing a recording of the mother’s voice to a preterm infant improved oral feeding skills. It also reduces cortisol levels and increases oxytocin.
How they distinguish strangers from family members
Despite their similar appearances, infants can distinguish family members from strangers. The average infant spends about two seconds comparing a stranger’s face to that of its primary caregiver. Interestingly, infants can even distinguish family members and strangers when they are shown photos of their faces. To find out more about infants’ face recognition, see the figure below:
Signs that your baby is growing up
When your baby turns eight to nine months of age, he or she will start to express mature emotions and babble. He or she may also begin to crawl and pull up to stand. While this development is a sign of growth, there are also some concerns you should address with your GP. These signs are normal and can be attributed to growth spurts in the brain. Your child may also develop a stronger attachment to you or other loved ones.
Signs that your baby is ready to be left alone
While Utah law doesn’t define the age your child should be left home alone, you can look for signs that your child has grown independent. For example, he or she may have started to do homework and is taking good care of his or her hygiene. In any case, it’s important to set up a safe home environment for your child to be left alone. Here are some helpful tips to help your child be safe at home.