- Babies start smiling spontaneously in the mother’s womb. The newborn smiles are not real as they are not in response to any social stimuli. Their smiles are reflex smiles, brief and unintentional.
- Real smiles happen when the baby turns 6 weeks or as late as 12 weeks. Baby’s first social or real smile points to an important developmental milestone. It indicates that the baby’s vision has improved and She is able to focus and recognize the parent’s faces. It also indicates that the baby’s brain and nervous system is mature enough to use a smile as a way to connect with others, rather than just smile involuntarily. Smiling is a way to express the feelings of satisfaction, joy and playfulness for your little bundle of joy.
- We should talk to the baby often, as if she understands everything. Making eye contact with the baby and smiling while you talk is beneficial to them. Babies enjoy seeing funny faces and aping animal action and sounds. Tickle your baby’s belly or blow around her ears. The baby associates smiling as a way to express her emotions every time she looks at you.
Smiles to Giggles
- Baby’s first laugh is one of the happiest and enjoyable moments in parenthood . This milestone is achieved around 3-4 months of age.Giggling is preceded by other joyful sounds like squealing, chirping, cooing and gurgling
- Babies love to hear their own sound. It’s easy to make a well fed and well-rested baby laugh.Over-stimulation leads to an overwhelmed baby and it does not help.
- Making funny faces, toys or happy music will make her laugh.