Ahh, that first smile! It warms you up from the inside out, makes you forget all about the months enduring morning sickness, the sleepless nights and pains of breastfeeding in that one special moment. It’s a magical moment that not only looks cute but symbolises the beginning of a new stage in your little one’s life. Soon they’ll be interacting, playing, laughing and generally beginning to socialise more than when they were in their sleepy newborn phase.
When will my baby’s first smile be?
No two babies are the same, just like some walk later or potty train later some smile later too, but generally most babies first smile will be between 4 and 12 weeks old. However, let’s be honest we’re all desperate to believe our children are smiling straight away, so if you want to believe that those first gas-induced smirks are baby’s first smile, then that is ok.
Now you’ve seen a smile how can you encourage more?
As you have probably realised by now babies are pretty difficult to predict, but there are a few things you can do to try and encourage more little smiles. Firstly, Mummy and Daddy are your little one’s first true love so snuggles, kisses and contact with your baby can help to bring out his/hers grin, and it’ll feel magical to know that your bond can make your child so happy. Now is the time to start playing with your bundle, try using mobiles, comforters and colourful wooden toys to awaken your tot’s senses and see them beam!