How does a child know their name?

First steps in language development

On the way to the first word understanding

Your child will have learned a lot in the first six months. Although it cannot yet understand the content of individual words or sentences, it has become familiar with many of them as well as the daily activities associated with them.

Now that your child is becoming more and more agile, your child is more and more interested in their environment, exploring objects with their hands, with their mouth, with their eyes. As you do so, it hears your encouraging words and how you describe something that it deals with so extensively:

  • Little by little, your child realizes that certain people with a certain name, objects, situations and actions are associated with certain words.
  • From around eight months, your child will finally begin to understand the first words, even if these - like shape or color - are initially inseparable from a certain object: only his red ball is a ball!

By the end of the first year of life, your child can probably understand 50 to 100 words. It now understands simple prompts, such as “Give me the ball!”, And reacts in a similar manner to questions such as “Where is Dad?” It waves when it hears “Goodbye”, shakes its head when “No” and clap your hands when they are happy.