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Parenting in the First 3 Years Podcast

#2: What Makes Babies Laugh?

with Ann McKitrick



Just like everything else when it comes to children, humor is developmental and amazingly enough it starts really early in life! Babies laugh before they talk, which makes laughter one of the earliest hints on how they are experiencing the world. 

Baby laughter is a sound that’s guaranteed to put a smile on your face. It’s one of the few things that can cause millions of TikTok users to stop scrolling.

When it’s your own baby, it’s one of the great parenting moments worth waiting for — and once you hear your baby laugh for the first time, you won’t be able to get enough of the sound!

But when can you expect your baby to start laughing? What about those big belly laughs? And what do babies find funny anyway?

We cover all this and more in this week’s episode of Parenting in the First 3 Years.

Here’s a glance at this episode…

  • [01:29] What made our foster baby cackle
  • [02:45] Humor is developmental
  • [03:19] The beginnings of smiling and laughter
  • [05:42] What makes babies laugh?
  • [12:20] What if your baby doesn’t laugh?
  • [14:04] How to get your baby to laugh today

Click here to listen! 

Here’s a little video of my granddaughter feeding her mom from her own plate. When the food falls out of her mouth, the baby can’t help but cackle with joy!




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