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Why Babies Smile

Why Babies Smile

Baby smiles at 2-6 months

“Earlier is not better,” says Dr. Messinger. But you should see a doctor if your baby is not smiling by three months. Don’t push your little one to smile, but once she does, have fun with it. At two to three months, you’ll notice your baby starts to look right at you when she smiles. During this time period babies will increasingly respond to face-to-face interaction. Make funny faces to get your baby to laugh.

By four to six months, your baby will start to smile, then look away. “Babies are learning to regulate emotions and the joy may be too intense,” says Dr. Messinger. Let her look away, then reengage once she returns her smile to you.