Why is this important?

  • Using your child’s natural interest in pictures helps her develop this understanding with photographs of people and things she knows. 


Fill an album with pictures of your child, other family members, friends, pets, and toys. Use multiple pictures of the child’s family. Different pictures of the same people will help your child understand the difference between what pictures are and what they show.

For a DIY baby-friendly book, put pictures in zip-lock bags and tie them together. This keeps the pictures protected and easy to clean. 

Photo albums with plastic covered pages make great baby books too, and you can easily add more pictures. 

Use this album to teach the names of pictures and activities to your child. You can also teach your child her own name this way. Start by using a mirror to show your child what she looks like, then move to showing your child pictures of her.

Once your child makes the jump from naming real things to naming pictures, use picture books to teach her more words and help her understand even better.

Keep in mind, every child develops at his/her own pace. Talk to your pediatrician if you have questions about your child's development.