Who does not want a chirpy baby at home? All of life’s troubles seem to disappear when you see your bundle of joy laughing. Your baby’s first laugh usually happens at around 3 to 4 months. They also become more expressive with their face and body in general. In some infants, this may take a little longer.
The best part is that your cherub can break into riotous giggles if you know how. Just try and use a few of these tips and sounds to make laugh from head to toe.
1.Tickling: Literally tickling their funny bone can help. But you have to find the right place to tickle. It could be under the armpit, on the side of the ribs, chin, and feet. Keep trying till you hit the jackpot area. Remember not to tickle your baby too much. Your baby may laugh as an automatic response but might not enjoy it.
2.Unusual sounds: Your baby is used to your baby talk and the conversation tone you use with others. Surprise them with a new sound altogether. Try swishing, swirling or wheezing sounds. Your baby might find the unusual sounds, which do not sound like you, funny.
3.Gnawing: Try this even if it makes you feel silly. Pretend to eat their fingers and toes or the T shirt they are wearing. It makes for rapturous giggles. Yeah, your baby is probably wondering what you are up to, but it is worth the laughs you get out of it.
4.Peekaboo: This usually works for babies between 6 to 8 months old. This is because they have still not grasped the concept of permanence. When you hide behind a towel, it makes them wonder where you have disappeared. They find the idea of a lost thing or person coming back exciting. It does not work on infants as they do not register. And for babies who are older than 8 months, it is boring as they have already mastered permanence.
5.Infecting the air: Like yawning, laughter is infectious. Your baby is looking at you for cues about the world. If you are laughing when the baby is around, chances are that baby will give you a smile as they sense the happiness in the air. Studies reveal that while 6 month old infants take cues from parents. But one year olds pretty much have a sense of humour of their own and laugh at antics they find funny.
As they grow older you will notice that they are no longer satisfied at being a part of the audience laughing at your antics. They will demonstrate behaviour that suggests that they want to make you laugh as well. They begin to test your limits, like touching something they have been told to avoid, and these can also make way for giggles.
It is totally worth every effort you make to see your baby blissfully chuckling.