Can babies recognize people from pictures?

Chelsea - posted on 05/05/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )

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I am trying to show my daughter pictures of my side of the family who live on the east coast. Do you think that she would recognize them if she saw them?

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Jen - posted on 05/09/2010

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It depends on the age. My daughter was able to look at pictures and know who they were right around a year or so. Once she started talking she would point to pictures and say who they were. Babies are very good with recognition.

*Lisa* - posted on 05/08/2010

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Good question Chelsea. I live overseas too and my 8 month old hasn't seen my fam much. I'm glad to know there's a possibility he will recognise them through pics. :)

Alice - posted on 05/08/2010

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Chelsea,
Three of my daughters had never seen their uncle & aunt since they've been stationed in Italy for 5 years and my 6 year old haad seen them a few times before they left, but when they came back, my kids knew them (usually they are shy with strangers) by name and sight. We had been showing them pictures of their uncle & aunt because the pictures were in the house. And usually my children know my dad's family though pictures before actually meeting them, and they know them by sight when they meet. So, I think children do learn to recognize people from pictures.

Danielle - posted on 05/08/2010

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yes if she saw the pictures enough. my baby could recognize pictures of us at about 6 months old. he would smile at all the ones of mommy, daddy and sisters and then stop smiling when he didnt recognize someone in the picture..so i think it owuld work the other way around too

Meredith - posted on 05/06/2010

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i agree, it takes repetition and patience with their developmental level. my son is 18mo and he has seen both grandmas enough to recognize them in pictures, it is very cute :) he even remembers my in-law's dog! both of our families live 2 hours away so the photo recognition and his ability to say he knew the faces really didn't kick in until after 1 year. my friend's daughter was able to recognize pictures of her daddy at 9mo even though she had only seen him 4 times prior. it really depends on how often you do it, it is definitely a great way to help children familiarize themselves with relatives, they will learn it just like a picture book or ABC's :)

Lauren - posted on 05/05/2010

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I think it would take repeatition, but over time I do believe showing pictures of family members is a great way to keep your baby connected to family they don't see often. I live in WA and alot of my siblings and their children live in CA, so to keep everyone connected we always make photo albums with pictures of everyone in the family. We'll sit with the babies and just go through the book; reading the names and looking at the pictures, just as you would any other book. My nephew knew me before I even met him in person from this practice. It's definitely a great way to honor your family that can't be there to see your little one grow up too.

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