Babies smile from the belly, since it is one of the first neurological impulses, but at this age, their smile is from mom.
Your baby’s first smile melts you with tenderness and fills you with pride. You looked forward to that moment and you never cease to be surprised when your child makes that face. However, when is it intentional and when is it a reflex action?
We can say that babies smile from the belly, since it is one of the first neurological impulses ; it is a reflex action, and at first it is not intentional. Most of the time, and during the first two months of the baby’s life, your newborn can smile often when he is asleep, and although sometimes we think that they dream of beautiful things, the truth is that it is a reflex action . For some neurologists, these behaviors only show cycles of neurophysiological arousal, in which the brain is forced to unload.
Therefore, even if your baby’s first smile is still not just for you during his first weeks of life, it will not take long to give you an authentic smile full of love.
The intentional smile
The first smile intentional Your baby will appear between the first two and three months old, and is known as social smile. This intentional smile is the one that will be directed to you, in response to the visual recognition of your face and a series of stimuli that generate well-being.
The social smile will then be, along with crying, one of the first ways of communication that your baby will have and will be one of the indicators that your child’s development is progressing favorably.
These are the stages of the smile, according to experts:
- In utero: the fetal smile begins, as a reflex action
- Second week of life: smile as a reflex action and as a stimulus to the feeling of well-being
- Fifth to Sixth week: smile at some stimuli, such as your mother’s voice or when making eye contact with her
- After three months: Their smiles become audible
- After the fifth month: Smile at the most familiar faces
Other gestures that indicate its development
The lack of a smile in a baby can indicate some neurological problems, so if after three months of life the baby does not smile, it is necessary to consult with the pediatrician, who will probably determine a consultation with a specialist.
Meanwhile, there are other milestones in the life of a newborn that indicate that his neurological development is on the right track, such as making eye contact with his mother, or following the voices of the people he meets.
Stimulate your child’s smile
One of the most beautiful moments with our baby is when we make him smile. Stimulating the smile of your baby of a few months can be very beneficial for their development, and experts recommend a series of tips to encourage babies to make this smile of pleasure.
- Choose a time when your baby is relaxed and not hungry
- Take him in your arms and put his face close to yours
- Smile and say a few soft words
- Try to make eye contact often
- Play with him and talk to him in funny tones
- Play peek a boo (hide and appear)
This simple act of caring, taking the time to see him smile, will make him feel loved and therefore give him a pleasant feeling that will lead to a smile. Keep in mind that if the baby is premature it may take a few more weeks for them to smile.
Take your time to play with your baby and above all give him lots of love and affectionate words. Feeling loved will make you a laughing baby and a happy adult. Go take your child in your arms to give you his beautiful smile!