Do Newborns Know Their Mothers?

A baby uses three important senses to help him identify his mom: his sense of hearing, his sense of smell, and his vision.

According to the website for Parenting, a baby knows his mother’s voice before birth, somewhere around seven months gestation.

Do babies know their mother at birth?

It is no surprise that a child prefers its mother’s voice to those of strangers. Beginning in the womb, a fetus’ developing auditory pathways sense the sounds and vibrations of its mother. Soon after birth, a child can identify its mother’s voice and will work to hear her voice better over unfamiliar female voices.

Do Babies love their mothers?

Even newborns feel attachment from the moment they’re born! During their time in the womb, babies hear, feel, and even smell their mothers, so it’s not hard to believe that they’re attached right from birth. Young babies bond emotionally with people who give them regular care and affection.

Are breastfed babies more attached to their mothers?

Breastfeeding is designed by nature to ensure maternal-infant interaction and closeness. In fact, nursing mothers tend to be with their infants altogether more than other mothers. In the first 10 days after birth, nursing mothers hold their babies more than bottle-feeding mothers, even when they are not nursing.

Do newborns know who their father is?

Research shows that unborn babies can recognize their mother’s (and possibly their father’s) voice starting at 32 weeks.