Parents’ Guide to Understanding Baby’s Smile

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Is there anything better than a smiling baby? Babies start smiling between 6 and 12 weeks but you may notice a smile soon after baby is born. That’s a reflex smile and can be caused by sleeping or going to the bathroom. A real smile happens in response to baby hearing or seeing their parent or a caregiver.

Tips to encourage baby to smile:

  • Give them plenty of love and affection. There’s no such thing as spoiling baby with too much attention.
  • Play with them. Find ideas for playing with your newborn.
  • Use exaggerated and silly responses with talking to baby.

After baby has mastered smiling, they’ll start cooing. After cooing comes giggling. So what’s better than a smiling baby? A giggling baby!