One of the most awaited moments for new parents is to glance at their baby’s smile and giggles. Although this small gesture from your baby may seem the most magical and emotional thing, their giggle is also a sign of your baby’s overall development.
A smile and laughter sign that your baby has been developing emotionally, visually, and socially. While their smile keeps mesmerizing your family and friends, your baby’s laugh can also signify their happiness, saying they like what’s happening around them. A smile from your baby is a rewarding experience that you find after weeks of their eating, sleeping, and blinking routines.
Although laughing and smiling are quite similar, these come apart when it comes to babies. The babies can smile a lot faster than they start laughing. Although the smiles from newborns in the first month of birth may be emotionless, their laughs mean they are enjoying the scene. Babies start smiling even before birth, and in the first month of their birth, their smile is empty (they smile without feeling anything) and is just a reflex of the muscles. As they grow in weeks, they smile less often, and when they are around 2-3 months old, they start smiling by recognizing their parents’ faces and strange sounds.
When do babies start laughing?
Babies first start their giggles normally when they reach the age of 2-3 months. They start recognizing faces (mostly their parents) at this age and respond to stimulation. You can find your baby laughing when you make faces and play with him/her. Babies also respond to sound, music, and parents’ voices and start smiling and laughing at visual stimulations.
Although 2-3 months is the normal age for your baby to start laughing, there can be delays of weeks and even months for some babies. If the baby responds to your call but does not smile, this is not a problem as you can use different stimulations to make your baby laugh. But if the baby does not even respond to you in any way, there can be some inability that needs to be rendered as fast as possible. In this case, the babies can be suffering from some visual or hearing disorder, and there can also be the possibility of autism which is why you need to take your baby to the pediatrician as soon as possible.
How to Make your Babies Laugh?
Sometimes, babies can delay their smiles and laughs if they are not very stimulated, and this cannot be a problem when parents make some efforts to make their babies happy. So, let down your guard against goofiness and get your baby laughing with these methods.
1. Making faces
Babies love funny faces, and when it comes from you, their parents, they become extra happy. You can stick your tongue out and make your eyes larger, triggering a smile and a giggle from your bundle of joy. You may need to do it time and again as your baby demand. As already said, babies love funny faces.
Peek-a-boo can trigger the biggest smile in your babies out of their confusion and amusement. You can hide behind an object and be seen repeatedly by the baby (you can also use your funny face here). This can surely make your baby laugh out loud.
At the age of 2-3 months, babies can already feel tickles. You can use this and tickles them at the trigger points such as the armpits, stomach, feet, and neck so that you can see your baby laughing with that contagious giggles. Note that tickles should be mild and should not be done for a long time as they can irritate babies.
It has only been months since your baby came into the world, and the baby already likes games. The catching games with one person walking with the baby and another acting like running after the baby can be a fun game for your giggling baby. You may need to do this again and again for your baby, as babies can be very demanding.
5. Strange sounds
Making strange sounds at your baby can surely make your baby chuckle. Mews and woof-woofs can always come in handy when you want to make your baby laugh out loud to share your happiness.
Taking your baby near your pets can be rewarding as their silly acts, and strange sounds can bring amazing laughter to your baby. Even if they do not laugh, they will smile for sure.
7. Baby friends
Sometimes seeing other babies’ faces can also make your baby smile and laugh. So, play dates can be rewarding from this time on. Also, if your baby does not have any baby friends, take your cell phone out for baby pictures and videos, which will make your baby laugh with a guarantee.
None can forget toys when it comes to keeping babies laughing and happy. You can act out using soft toys and make your baby laugh at any instance. Toys can also be friends with your baby whenever they feel like playing.
Sometimes, just the kisses you shower on your baby can make your baby giggle and laugh out loud. You can kiss all over your baby and can find your baby giggling with an adorable smile. What else can a parent want?
With these tricks, you can make your babies contagious laughs your favorite day-time. Have fun laughing with your baby, and I’m sure you have found some ways to make your baby laugh, which you need to share with us. Please comment below!
Dr. Mashiach has completed his MD at the Sackler School of Medicine, TAU; specialization in gynecology at the Lis Maternity and Women’s Hospital, Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center; fellowship in Endoscopy at the Polyclinique de I’Hotel-Dieu, Universite d’Auvergne, Clermont, France.
He is a Senior Physician, Director of the Department of Gynecology, which provides routine and preventative care services to its patients and a full range of gynecological surgical procedures for adequately managing its patients with benign gynecologic disorders.
He offers advanced care in all gynecological subspecialties such as Urogynecology, Colposcopy, Fetal Loss Clinic, and Post Menopausal Clinic.