Some babies are constant gigglers, others require a bit of work and jumping through hoops to get a smile out of. Either way, the reward of a baby’s smiles and laughter is unmatched and well worth it. When it comes to getting baby to grin there are some classic tactics that just work. We’ve listed five…
1. Eating those little fingers and toes
Babies love when mom or dad pretends nibble on their toes. Even when they are up to 2-years-old this method can get your little one to crack a smile or release a hearty laugh. Smiling back at your baby when you do this will keep up the giggly momentum. This method employs touch, which babies cherish.
2. Songs and Music
Babies love to listen to music with you. Dancing and singing their favorite tunes can be a sure-fire way to put a smile on their face. Repeatedly playing songs you know baby loves can guarantee a smile on their face every time they hear it. So put your pride aside and do a silly dance for baby when his song comes on. The smiles are worth it and baby will never judge you
3. Peek-a-boo Game
This game isn’t a classic for no reason. The wealth of smiles and laughs it brings when you go away and come back saying “peek-a-boo” is fun for you and baby. Use baby’s favorite blanket or even hide behind your own hands for loads of adorable baby smiles.
4. Funny faces
Exaggerated faces and expressions make babies giggle. They love the attention and the silly faces you give only peaks their interest more. Finding a face that really gets them going and make it a go-to for when babies seem sad or uninterested. Even a sneezy face or a jaw-dropping facial expression can get them going.
5. Last Resort: Tickle Time!
If the baby is feeling a little cranky and all of the above tips aren’t cutting, go in for a gentle tickle. Touch is important for development. It makes baby’s feel safe and adored. Tickling baby’s tummy is sure to put a smile on his face and snap him out of a bad mood.
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Guest Blog by Karen Barski, BSN, RN, Mother of five, Certified Infant Care Specialist & Instructor, & Inventor of the Woombie Baby Swaddle
Karen has been an RN for 18 years, and has worked in many different nursing roles. As a Certified Infant Care Specialist, Karen counsels thousands of families yearly on a multitude of issues relating to pregnancy and infancy. Also, as a mother of five, she has invaluable experience and tips to share.
Since 2007, Karen’s company, KB Designs, has invented a line of signature baby swaddle products that have helped parents easily transition their new babies from womb to home. There are multiple designs and sizes so that babies can enjoy the comfort and security of the Woombie up until the time they begin to roll.
Each product has been created and designed by Karen because of a need she identified in her life with her five children. With convenience, safety, and fashion in mind, KB Designs has helped over a half million babies and counting!
For more information, visit www.woombie.com.
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