As a new parent, you look forward to every single baby milestone. From the first smile, the first time your baby sits up, the first time your baby crawls, and of course, the biggest milestones of all are when your baby takes their first step or sleeps through the night. For parents monitoring their baby’s first-year milestones, you’ve probably wondered when babies start laughing. Laughter is one of the most incredible milestones for a baby to reach as it is not only a way that your baby communicates with you and builds a bond, but also it’s a sign that your baby is happy, developing, and growing.
In this article, we’ll discuss the average timeline for babies to start laughing as well as tips on how to make your baby laugh.
When do babies start laughing?
A baby usually starts smiling at around 2 months, and by 3-4 months, most babies will be able to start laughing. However, if your baby hasn’t reached this milestone by 4 months, don’t worry. Some babies accomplish milestones in a different order and can face some delays. Between the age of 7-8 months, you should definitely start hearing some squeals.
However, if you feel your baby isn’t achieving several age-related milestones, then it’s best to visit your baby’s pediatrician.
Tips to make your baby laugh:
A baby’s sense of humor is a little different than an adult’s. They won’t laugh at jokes or memes, but there are a few ways you can start hearing that wonderful laugh:
A baby will start responding to funny faces with a smile or laugh depending on how funny your faces actually are. When you accompany these funny faces with squeaky sounds and funny noises, your baby will find it appealing as it is something unusual and will hopefully reward you with a squeal.
Most babies will respond well to light tickling or even gently blowing on your baby’s skin. This new sensory feeling is very different for them and may elicit a laugh. Just be sure to be gentle.
Most infants love this game and can still continue to laugh when you play peek-a-boo within their toddler years. However, starting 3-4 months, you can be rewarded with a smile or squeal when you play this game.
Objects that make noise
Try shaking a key, ringing a bell, banging on a table, or finding any squeaking objects that make noises and experiment. You won’t know which sounds will make your baby laugh until you try.
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Sources used in this article:
- When do babies start laughing? – Healthline
- Baby Milestones: First Year of Development – Web MD