From the moment a baby is born and as the months go by, we see how they begin to express themselves and communicate with others through their smile. In this article, we show you a series of lovely photographs in which babies and children appear smiling at different stages of their life.
But why is it so important for children to smile? Smiling is one of nature’s most beautiful and impressive achievements because when a baby smiles it seeks to establish bonds and relationships with its parents and family. There is no more beautiful and sincere sign than a smile!
What is the importance of smiling in babies?
When parents and baby create an emotional bond, a new form of communication comes into play and babies use smiling to communicate from the very first month of life, as well as its opposite, crying. Both smiling and crying are two very special tools that babies use to communicate with their loved ones: to show that everything is ok in the case of smiling, or to warn them that something is bothering them in the case of crying.
For this reason it is important to pay special attention to this form of communication, because, especially from the second month of life onwards, these are voluntary acts that show feelings of affection, joy, fear or pain.
Evolution of babies’ smiles from the first to the sixth month of life
At birth babies smile, however this smile is called spontaneous or reflexive and it usually appears when the baby is dreaming or very comfortable. It is an innate expression associated with moments of relaxation and well-being.
At the end of the first month, babies usually laugh a lot if you pet them or speak to them in a soft voice. At this age you can see that, little by little, he is more and more receptive to stimulation. Treat him gently when you speak to him and touch him and you will see how he smiles!
From the second and third month babies already smile more frequently. The characteristic smile at this age is called a “social smile”, because it appears towards the people whom the baby likes most, responding in this way to the stimuli received from them. This phase is important because it constitutes a turning point in their relationship and communication with the world around them.
From four months of age, babies start to smile selectively both at situations they like (such as going for a walk) or at certain people they already recognise, such as their father, mother or grandparents. This type of smile is called “anticipatory” or “specific”. At this stage the baby also starts to babble and to develop his capacity to communicate.
By the end of the sixth month the little ones are already capable of that characteristic laugh that touches us so much and makes us laugh. Try to make baby have a lot of fun because there is nothing more beautiful than seeing a happy baby.
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