When Do Babies Start Laughing?

When Do Babies Start Laughing?

12 Aug 2022 | 3 min Read

Sayani Basu

Author | 607 Articles

From eating solid food to taking their first steps, your baby’s first year is filled with a myriad of memorable events. Similarly, the little one’s first laugh is also a milestone and each milestone is an opportunity for you to make sure that your baby is growing and developing as expected.

Even if you don’t get enough of the sound as the baby laugh’s for the first time, it’s one of the best parenting moments you’ve been waiting for. Whether it’s a chuckle or a full belly laugh of your little one, we are sure that once you hear that sound for the first time, you’ll be doing everything to hear it more often. But the question is, “When do babies start laughing?” Read on to know more.

When Does A Baby Start Laughing?

According to experts, most babies start laughing around month three or four. However, there’s nothing to be worried about if your little one isn’t laughing at four months as each baby is different. Some babies also tend to laugh earlier than others.

Tickling the baby’s belly gently might also elicit a laugh. | Image Source: pexels

3 Ways To Make Your Little One Laugh

  1. Funny noises: The little one might respond to popping or kissing sounds, a squeaky voice, or blowing your lips together as these auditory cues are more interesting for him/her than a normal voice.
  2. Gentle touches: Light tickling or gently blowing on the little one’s skin can be fun and is a different sensation for your baby. Kissing on the hands or feet or tickling their belly gently might also elicit a laugh.
  3. Noise-making objects: Some noise-making objects in your baby’s environment like a zipper or bell might seem funny to your baby.
when do babies start laughing?
Parents should make their babies laugh as laughter has psychological and developmental benefits. | Image Source: pixabay

Why Is It Important For Parents To Make Their Babies Laugh?

Parents need to make their little ones laugh as laughter has a plethora of benefits:

  1. Laughter improves blood circulation and aids in improved sleep and digestion
  2. It triggers the brain to boost the mind and assists the growth of intelligence.
  3. Laughter re-energises the little one’s body and relaxes muscles
  4. A baby’s laughter aids the brain to activate memory, decision-making, and emotional processing.
  5. It also Improves mental health and releases endorphins (the ‘feel-good’ hormones) in the little one.
  6. Laughing helps your baby to improvise the way he/ she perceives the surrounding world. This can be helpful after a few years.
  7. A baby’s laughter improves his/ her humour which helps to develop creativity.

So, are you ready to make those silly faces that will make your baby laugh? We know you are!

Try to focus on the entire set of age-appropriate milestones and not just on laughing. However, if your baby hasn’t reached several milestones in its development, it is advisable to consult your baby’s doctor.

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