Milestones: Identifying Body Parts

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As your child got older and began to explore your face with his hands as all babies do, it’s likely that you instinctively voiced the names for the features he was pointing out, saying things like “Mommy’s nose” or “Daddy’s eyes.” These early interactions may have seemed insignificant at the time; but in reality, they could not have been more important in helping your baby achieve certain milestones, including language development and of course, identifying body parts.

Although most children aren’t able to verbally identify more than three or four body parts before their second birthday, there are plenty of things you can do to help prepare your little one for this important milestone, and you can start as early as infancy. Below, you will find some fun and creative ideas for helping your baby begin to connect certain body parts to their correct names:

  • Play interactive games with your youngster, taking turns pointing to specific body parts. For example, you can first point to your nose, and then say, “Now, can Brayden touch his nose?” Repeat this activity for several different body parts.
  • Draw faces with your child and point out the different features on the drawing. Make this activity even more fun by drawing silly faces and exaggerated features, pointing out a very small nose or very large ears.
  • If your child has a favorite baby doll or stuffed animal, you can use it as a learning tool, pointing to the arms, legs, feet, etc.
  • Music has always been a creative way to get children involved in learning. Try singing some songs together about body parts. You can find some examples of such songs here.

Whichever method you use to help your child begin to recognize the parts of her body, remember not to force the issue. The learning process should always be fun, especially at this young age. If your child feels pressured or is so overexposed to the subject that she begins to feel bored, all of your efforts could backfire. The best thing you can do is practice patience and rest assured that your child will achieve this, and other milestones, when the time is right.

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  1. Profile photo of Natasha Natasha says:

    I have been working with my 13 month old and it is so cute when he figures out what I am talking about and can show me the body part we are working on

  2. Profile photo of Robin Robin says:

    My son could name more than 4. My son is a little confused though now because he thinks your butt is between your legs. He’s 2 so i didn’t quite know how to explain the difference between boys and girls yet. But he used to throw a fit if i shut him out of the bathroom, and he’d try to help me wipe.. Now unless i lock the door, he’ll strip and climb into the shower with me. One day he was about to touch me (and told me belly).. I told him "no honey, that’s my butt." My mom asked him on his Ernie toy where his butt is and he pointed between his legs.

  3. Profile photo of Mama Mama says:

    My little one is now 21 months and knows her body parts. It’s nice to know we r right on track.

  4. Profile photo of meredith meredith says:

    This is something we’re working on right now and its so awesome to see him picking it all up!

  5. Profile photo of Nabanita Nabanita says:

    Thanks or the article… I am making effort to achieve this milestone and now I learn that my baby is not so old enough for this. Still I will be keep on teaching …

  6. Profile photo of RubyTusdae RubyTusdae says:

    Okay, so I have tried every one of these millions of times and my son could care less. He is now 2, and when asked a body part he usually goes off to play. He will watch you point, then just not care it seems! I don’t know what I am doing wrong 🙁 He does know his nose, that’s his favorite, but to get him to show you when you want, just does not work.

  7. Profile photo of ChrisS ChrisS says:

    My first born know his body part when he was between 11-15 months old.

  8. Profile photo of Kevryn Kevryn says:

    My sons favorite is belly button. He learned it when I was pregnant with our second. i would ask him where the baby was and he would stick his finger in my bellybutton.

  9. Profile photo of ProudMommy ProudMommy says:

    My son has been pointing to his body parts and mine sense he was about 12-13 months(hes always been ahead of "schedule")!! He loves this games expecially when I do Eskimo kisses with him lol

  10. Profile photo of brandy brandy says:

    my son has been doing all of this since he was 14 months

  11. my son loves to show people where their features are

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