One of the most pleasing moments after you’ve had your baby is when he/she smiles for the first time. Smiling and laughing gestures show that your baby not only shows certain emotions, but this also proves that your baby understands joy and warmth.
This would, however, differ in each baby. You cannot say exactly when you can expect your child to start smiling or laughing. The first gummy smiles are really amazing and can liven up your day and melt away all your worries in just an instant.
Over the next 12 months after the birth of your baby, you can experience the smile as a way to indicate happiness, contacting with you and developing a feeling of connection with each other.
The Baby’s Smile:
For the initial weeks after the baby is born, you cannot even expect a meaningful eye contact, the baby only will have a laugh or smile. A smile at this age is only mechanical and does not have any expression of joy.
After about a month, you can expect your child to start identify
The child first starts to mingle with you. You will be the first companion for your child, and he/she enjoys the sound of your voice, the view of your face and the feeling of your hands. With your help, your baby will become known to others and begins to take the pleasure in others company too. This marks the starting point of the many developments of your child’s social skills.
You will spot your newborn baby’s first smile when he/she is asleep. At this stage of 6 weeks, it’s probably just a natural response. Generally, a baby’s body goes through changes in the part of the body that activate automatically and one of those is a smile. Almost the reflexive smile occurs early in the newborn baby.
After the birth your baby develops some muscle movements during the first few weeks, along with the muscles in the face and reflexive smiling is part of that muscle. You can observe this smile while your child is sleeping.
As the baby starts to grow, the baby starts to smile at the thing she finds pleasing like voices, faces and the close touch. The baby’s smile to a reaction is sensible experience, not a social response. The baby doesn’t have a clear feeling about who are you. Till now you must have noticed what noises and language the baby would respond.
Give your baby plenty of space to study your face while you talk softly to her. Try to connect with her through expressions and she may start to open up to you slowly. The responsive smile would be during 6 to 8 week period of the new born baby.
During the 2 to 3 months stage, your baby’s smile starts responding to the internal things that catch the baby’s attention. At this stage, the baby wants to connect with others. Your baby will smile when he/she sees you and will respond when you make silly sounds like oinking, beeping and mooing.
Your baby also will learn that he/she can get a response from you with just a smile. The baby will express himself by giggling, squeaking and humming funnily. Your baby starts responding to your by moving his arms and legs for attention. You cannot expect your baby to smile when you want the baby to smile. Your child learns to identify your face and smile when you feed him, give him hugs and change his diapers. You would understand by his smile that how he likes to be held, treated and comforted. In between the 2 to 3 months the baby starts developing the social smile.
When your baby becomes 6 months old the baby starts an undiscriminating smile. The 6 months old baby starts smiling at you no matter what you do. Your baby at this stage may smile at anyone who responds to her/him. The smile has become more meaningful now. The smile can be because you were far away from him for a long period and your back or the child has done something.
The smile can be because the child starts developing memory. The child spends long time staring closely the nearby strangers and may take time to respond and on few circumstances the response may change to smile or cry.