My 8.5 month old DS has very inconsistent name response. He will turn if I call him on occasion but if he is distracted by other things (which is most of the time - he’s a very alert and active baby) he will ignore me completely. I assumed this was pretty typical but Dr Google has warned this is a big red flag for social communication disorders like autism. I’m pretty sure when he does turn he’s responding to my voice rather than knowing this name is related to him iyswim.
This issue coupled with variable eye contact (good from a distance, crap from close up) and being quite a stiff and uncuddly baby has got me very scared.
Would love some help rationalising some of these feelings if anyone has any insights? Thank you.
I have a 12mo and I’d say it’s only over the last month or so that he responds every time to his name, I’d have thought 8mo was young for that. He’s only starting to become less stiff and more cuddly now, although if he’s like my other son he’ll not start wanting cuddles until he’s 11 🤔
It’s very easy to say, but he’s so little don’t stress yourself with most certainly nothing
Thank you both, it’s helpful to know that your kids weren’t immediately responding at that age either. Everything I’ve read says 5-7 months for name response but maybe that isn’t expected to be consistent yet!
Ahh some cuddles would be nice PenApple - maybe when he’s a toddler
My 10 month old has only in the last month or so reliably “answered” to her name- she is still very very prone to distraction.
I also read on the likes of baby centre about babies recognising their name from 5 months as well and it did cause me some worry, but looking back if I saw a five month old unarguably answer to their name I’d be very impressed!