IMPORTANCE OF BABY SMILE

There is nothing more wonderful than a baby’s laugh! And the best thing is that this action also contributes to their social and emotional development. Discover here how to make your baby laugh.

In recent decades, the recognition of the importance of the development and achievements of children’s emotional and social areas has gained great relevance. Obtaining milestones or achievements in motor or language development are as important as those in the social and emotional area.

The love and affection of mom and dad are key to your baby’s development! HeThe development of the social and emotional sphere of babies requires an environment that cares for them, that resolves their primary basic needs such as hunger, comfort and also their emotional needs for care, affection and protection.

In this context, a baby’s smile is one of the most important and evident achievements of his social and emotional development.

Get the camera ready! Your baby’s first smile appears
The first smiles appear in the first weeks of life while the child sleeps, apparently as a reflex response to internal stimuli from his or her maturing neurological system.

At the end of the first month, the baby’s smiles appear when he is awake, which fills his parents and caregivers with great joy. What an unforgettable moment!

During the second month he will smile and babble seeking to interact with his parents. At three months, the smile is an active, directed social signal with the intention of establishing contact with others.

At 5 months, the child has the ability to turn laughter into laughter when the stimuli he receives through the senses stimulate him enough for that great release of joy! At this time, “mirror” or imitation learning is established, where the child copies or repeats the gestures that his caregivers make when playing and talking with him

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Your baby’s smile and development. Wonderful connection!
The responses to your little one’s smile stimulate brain circuits essential for his development and will make him feel cared for, important and loved. The child’s brain, in constant formation, requires this empathetic, active and warm interaction, as if it were just another nutrient!

The quality of care and attention provided to the baby will positively impact its present and future development.

Laughter and its positive effects on child development
Laughter has positive effects on many levels.

On a physical level it has a muscle relaxing and tension releasing effect. During laughter, the diaphragm, which is a muscle that separates the abdominal cavity from the thorax, moves rhythmically, which favors digestive processes in the child.
Improves respiratory function and tissue oxygenation.
It reduces the concentrations of hormones associated with stress such as cortisol and increases those of endorphins associated with pleasurable sensations. Its positive effect has been proven by strengthening the immune system.
Improves brain activities such as attention and creativity.
It favors the strengthening of emotional ties with those around us and is a pillar in the formation of essential social skills in any human being.
The absence of smiles in a baby is associated with severe neurological problems or extreme negligence in the care of the child. Don’t worry! Both situations are rarely encountered today thanks to the early detection of situations of biological or social risk for children.

Making your baby laugh is very easy!
You will be surprised how easy it is to steal laughter from your baby: physical actions such as tickling will produce a great laugh, gesturing, changing the tone of your voice, laughing, singing, dancing, rocking, caressing are actions that will have the same effect.

Remember that the child laughs by imitation and also in situations in which he perceives that certain actions such as gesturing and laughing generate a positive reaction in his parents, he will repeat them in constant feedback for the joy of everyone.

Smiling and laughter produce a positive and stimulating biological effect on parents, it encourages you to bond closely with your child, caring for and satisfying all their requirements. No matter the moment or the situation, we all know that there is nothing more spectacular than a baby’s smile!

However, the most important thing for a child to smile and laugh is to grow up in a loving environment, with permanent interaction, where their physical and emotional needs are constantly taken care of.

The child’s smile and laughter are a guarantee of adequate neurological, effective and emotional development, essential in their comprehensive development and in their personal, family and social performance.

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