There’s nothing more incredible than a baby’s first laugh. It may take a while to happen but figuring out what makes your baby giggle is a big part of getting to know them. Can’t wait? Here are some brilliant triggers to make the magic happen…
How to make your baby laugh:
1. Belly raspberriesBlowing noisy raspberries into your baby’s belly is a fool-proof giggle-trigger. [Corbis]
3. PeekabooA classic that has had babies laughing for years – from as young as a few months old, it could get your little one going, too. [Corbis]
4. Tickle monsterTransform yourself into the tickle monster (complete with a funny deep voice, obvs) and find your baby’s ticklish spot. [Corbis]
5. Funny facesThere’s a reason why you see so many normally levelheaded adults pulling ridiculous faces at babies… [Corbis]
7. Child comediansYoung children are totally unselfconscious and have a brilliant knack of making each other laugh – so if you’re struggling, sign up a sibling, cousin or friend for laughter duty. [Corbis]
8. Chasing gamesIf you’re baby’s crawling, chase around after her on your hands and knees saying ‘mummy’s coming to get you!’. Just watch out for carpet burn – for you and her! [Corbis]
9. Bed bouncingLie your baby on her back on your bed and gently jiggle the bed so she bounces around. She’ll love the sensation and it might get her laughing. [Corbis]
10. Strange voicesNow’s the perfect time to practice your GCSE French or that silly accent – she won’t care if you impressions are awful! [Corbis]
11. (Pretend) Horse ridingSit your baby on your knee and bounce her up and down while saying ‘giddy up!’. [Corbis]
12. Animals anticsSomething as simple as watching a dog playing fetch or a cat playing with a toy can be enough to make your tot laugh out loud. [Corbis]
13. Laugh yourselfLaughter really is contagious, so chances are that if you start laughing your baby will join in. [Corbis]
14. Mock formalityTry solemnly (and gently) shaking your baby’s hand while speaking to her like a grown up.
16. Hurting yourselfIt’s not ideal for you, but accidently-on-purpose walking into a wall, stubbing your toe or pretending to trip over may tempt a giggle out of your baby. [Corbis]
17. Unusual soundsBabies often laugh at something as simple as tearing a piece of paper, scrunching tin foil or unraveling sellotape. [Corbis]
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