This is one of the great parenting moments you’ve been waiting for – and once you hear your baby’s laughter for the first time, you can’t get enough of the sound, whether it’s laughter, giggles, or full stomach laughter. Your baby has been experimenting with sounds since the first month of life, cooing, gurgling and sighing hoarsely.
Laughter is the next (fun) step in learning to communicate. Babies often laugh or smile in their sleep. And while no one knows exactly what your little one is dreaming about, she probably doesn’t remember one of your stupid faces – as good as it is. Chances are your baby is starting what’s known as an active sleep cycle. Babies may make involuntary movements during this stage of sleep, including smiling, chuckling, and giggling.
Don’t be surprised if your little one remains unflappable at first – newborns can be a tough crowd, especially before feedings or before bed. Some of your first attempts at making a child laugh may cause more tears than laughter if the timing is not right or if the child feels overwhelmed.