When Do Babies Recognize Their Parents

When Do Babies Recognize Their ParentsOver the past week Arya reacted differently to strangers than to her parents.

From the time she was born our daughter loved to be carried by everyone. She didn’t care who was carrying her as long as they were holding her securely. That changed last week.

On two occasions during the week Arya became grumpy when another person carried her and only settled down after Mommy or Daddy took her back. That lead me to question: when do babies recognize their parents?
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Meeting a One-month Old Baby

Meeting a One-month Old BabyArya met a newborn baby this weekend.

While she’s met other babies before, we thought meeting a one-month old baby might be different for our daughter. Our 14-week old baby has never interacted with anyone younger than herself until yesterday.

I expected she would react differently to seeing a baby smaller than her. Arya didn’t care about the cute newborn and she spend the afternoon trying to get attention from the adults.
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Baby Stepping Reflex

Baby Stepping ReflexArya showed off her baby stepping reflex this weekend.

The stepping reflex is one of the primitive reflexes displayed by newborn babies.

In the case of our daughter, she likes to step off of adult thighs when being carried from her upper body. While she has shown the stepping reflex before, Arya never stepped as hard as she did yesterday afternoon.
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