It’s very common for a first-born child between the ages of eighteen months and three years to call her parents by their first names. She imitates what she hears, and since her parents and their friends, neighbors, and relatives all use first names when talking to each other, she uses first names too.
Many parents don’t mind if their young child occasionally uses first names, although some consider anything other than “Mommy” and “Daddy” disrespectful. When your child uses your first names, she intends no disrespect, usually she’s just mimicking what other people say. Over time, this imitative behavior will diminish, and your child will stop using your first names.
If you’re bothered or embarrassed when your child calls you by your first name, remind her to say “Mommy” and “Daddy.” But remember that it’ll be hard for her, especially if she’s under two, to call you “Mommy” and “Daddy” consistently, since she doesn’t usually hear other people call you that. If you have a second child, you’ll notice that he or she rarely uses your first name. That’s because there’s an older sibling to copy and because the second child is used to hearing “Mommy” and “Daddy.”
A common question related to first-name use is, “What should my child’s friends call me?” Some parents are most comfortable with first names and believe they’re easier for young children to remember and use. Other parents want to be called “Mrs.,” “Ms.,” or “Mr.” Whichever makes you and others comfortable, your child will follow your lead.