any ideas on how to make my baby laugh?!
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Trina - posted on 04/18/2010
As others have said, it depends on your baby's age. Does your child smile and coo? I don't know what prompted this question, perhaps it's all tied in. Not every child may be doing that. I agree with peek-a-boo. Start 1st using ur hands while sitting right in front of your baby. If that doesnt work, try using a receiving blanket and pop from behind in different directions, i.e. 1x from right, another the left of it, bring blanket down etc. lol, this is funny because they'll look for u at one place but you'll "appear" at another. fingerplays like itsy bitsy spider is a good start. books about other babies usually illicits smiles, laughs, and coos. belly rasperries.... eskimo kisses (nose, to nose). Good luck
Amanda - posted on 04/18/2010
My daughter didn't start really laughing til she was like 5 months old...now she laughs all the time. I make silly sounds at her, tickle her tummy with my nose, and play peek-a-boo with her. Sometimes she even just laughs at something in the room. It cracks me up! It will happen soon just continue to do funny things even if she doesn't laugh.
Tasha - posted on 04/18/2010
my daughter thinks it is great to play peekaboo. one of us stands in the doorway and peeks her around. She also laughs when you talk into paper rolls like from paper towels. Try changing your voice with them. sometimes it think babies get so focused on learning what you are doing they forget they can laugh and just absorb the act.
Heather - posted on 04/17/2010
most ticklish spot on both my kids was high on the inner thigh by the diaper, my most recent little one laughed the first time when I was scrubbing his toes with a soapy baby washcloth at bathtime. He'd never laughed really good until I was intentionally trying to scrub them so it'd tickle (imagine how you'd wash their little toes after doing a footprint with childsafe/washable ink). He looked surprised, shocked, uneasy, bust out laughing, then turned into a cry of overstimulation. Don't worry, they ALL giggle at some point, it seems some just have less of a ticklish spot & more of a unique sense of humor waiting to peek out!
Brandi - posted on 04/17/2010
goofy sounds and faces usually worked for my kids after they were around 3 mos. or so. Also, my son was VERY ticklish on his collarbone and would laugh laugh laugh lol. He is now 2 and is probably the most ticklish kid I have ever seen *even a haircut sets him off* So just a light touch anywhere will make him laugh. My daughter, on the other hand, always found humor in external sources. Stuff that HAPPENS usually makes her laugh, but she's not as ticklish. Every child is different. Figuring out what makes them laugh is part of the fun of getting to know them.