Arrival of a new member in the household is always a celebration of joy. Babies are god-send and everyone wants to see them happy. They look adorable especially when you see them giggle or burst out into peels of laughter. It is almost equally disheartening to see a baby sad or upset. And when that happens, it is up to us adults, to make it better. So, here are 10 easy tricks that can put a smile on a baby’s face!
10. Sing a happy song!
Babies love it when we are happy. It makes them happy. Pick up a nursery rhyme and sing it with expressions and joy. That is definitely going to make your baby delighted. Babies love looking at the expressions that you make and they absolutely enjoy it when you are doing something that you don’t generally do.
9. Pat the little one on the back gently
Babies cannot speak. It is only through their actions and laughter and cries that we understand whether they are happy, hungry, annoyed or sad. The digestive tract is not so well developed for children as it is for adults and after a meal it can easily get blocked. So, after a meal make sure to pat the baby on the back gently so that her digestive tract remains clear. Don’t worry, just hold the little one gently and rub her back till she lets out a burp. This would relieve the baby a lot and she would not feel uncomfortable. A healthy baby is a happy baby!
8. Bouncing the baby
Babies enjoy this! It is a tried and tested method to get them to laugh. Just hold the baby and make her bounce on your lap. You can also hold her in the air and make a bouncing motion. That would surely make them giggle with joy. You can also do this to make them go to sleep, as it has a somewhat calming effect on some babies.
7. Take care of the baby
Since babies cannot speak, it is difficult to understand sometimes as to what they want. To be a good parent you must always check if your little one is comfortable. One major problems that parents face when it comes to infants is the problem of diaper rash. If your baby has one then she would be agitated. Always ensure that your baby is clean and dry. In case the rash is too much to handle then don’t hesitate to apple some cream containing zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. You can also apply jelly creams like Vaseline. However, this substance can stick to cloth material easily and hence can be hard to remove. Only when your baby is comfortable will he enjoy all the other things that you do to make her laugh.
6. Do a silly dance!
Make a fool of yourself! Babies love it. They are capable of understanding what is normal and what is not. So, if you dance around in an eccentric manner and interact with the baby from time to time while doing that, the baby would understand that you are not behaving normally. Watching their parents or loved ones having a nice time and laughing is going to induce your little one to join in as well!
5. Get a puppy!
Dogs are known to be loving and caring creatures. Puppies on the other hand are a whole different story! They are so energetic and always up to some mischief or the other. Babies and puppies can get along really well and the puppy would be another playmate for your little one. They can also care and protect your baby immensely. Puppies crawling all over and doing stupid things like chasing its own tail can get your baby greatly amused. In general animals with furry coats, their strange noises and abrupt behaviour can get your little one all cracked up!
4. Other babies or older children
Babies love to interact with other babies. Maybe they speak in a language that they only understand, but there have been several instances of little toddlers or infants getting along really well with other babies. So, arranging a play date for your little one can be a good way to get your baby to learn social skills along with having a good time. Babies also find it hilarious when they see their older siblings sing or dance. Even when they are up to mischief and the break things or drop things, the baby will notice and laugh.
3. Tickle your baby all over!
One sure way to make adults as well as babies laugh is to tickle them. Scratch your little one on the belly or the feet and watch them giggle and laugh. You can also try and make weird sounds on their stomach by blowing on it. This is another proven way to get your little one all cracked up. They really enjoy when you play with them and give them attention.
2. Make weird sounds
The fact that babies are really tuned to hear whatever is happening around them is a well-known fact. Babies can hear even when they are in the mother’s womb. Hence studies have shown that listening to soothing music while pregnant can have a really calming effect on the baby. Hence, babies understand what is normal and what isn’t. So, if you are really animated and make weird sounds around your baby, then even she is going to react! They understand when their parents are playing the fool and they absolutely enjoy it! You can also try reading to your little one with a lot of expression and sounds. It is a good bonding experience which can also encourage your baby to speak faster.
The age old classic way to make your baby laugh is to play peek-a-boo with them. Cover your eyes and then remove them suddenly with a “Boo!” Seeing your wide-eyed expression your little one would surely laugh and giggle. Babies enjoy it when they see their parents’ face pop out of places. They understand that you are playing with them and they will play with you back. This game is so old that different regions have different variations of them game.
So, these were a few ways how you can make your baby laugh. Making your little one giggle is not that difficult. All you have to do is make sure she is loved and protected. Babies are a cause of joy in itself. So, it should not be too difficult a task to make them like you. The most important thing to keep in mind is that your baby will be happy if you are happy. So, the best way to make them laugh is you laugh yourself!