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Baby's First Laugh: How to Get Your Infant to Giggle
The first months of your child's life are filled with milestones that you'll remember forever. One of the most special moments is your baby's first laugh. Nothing is more precious than the playful giggle of an infant. If you haven't heard it yet, here's how to get your baby to laugh.
When Will My Baby Laugh?
Your baby will make noises and facial expressions from birth. These aren't necessarily a sign of social interaction. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) points out that your infant's first smiles and first laughs will probably happen when he is sleeping. They say that it occurs when the baby is responding to an internal impulse.
At about two months old, babies will start to smile as a form of social interaction, according to the oral care experts at Colgate.com. Then at about four or five months old, you'll hear baby's first laugh. You can try to encourage a giggle at a younger age, but your infant won't laugh until she is ready.
How Can I Get My Baby to Laugh?
Once your infant begins to recognize and interact with you more often, you'll be able to encourage him to laugh. The AAP suggests responding to your baby's cues and watch for patterns of responsiveness. For example, your child may like a funny face that you make or may respond to a silly noise that you repeat.
Don't feel the need to get creative and constantly do something new. The experts at Parenting.com magazine say that babies like predicable behavior. That is, they like to know what is going to happen next. So if your baby likes to play peek-a-boo, then repeat it over and over again to hear her laugh.
What If My Baby Doesn't Laugh?
Not every baby has the same temperament, says the AAP. If your baby doesn't laugh as often as you'd like, it's not necessarily because you're doing something wrong. According to the organization, babies are born with innate traits and temperaments. These qualities become apparent during the first year.
Every child is different. Some parents will see baby's first smile and first laugh sooner than others. Communicate with your pediatrician and with your baby's dentist to get support and to learn more about communicating with your child.
Learn more about protecting your baby's smile in the Colgate Oral Care resources.