This is one of those great parenting moments you’ve been waiting for, and once you hear your baby’s laughter for the first time, you can’t get enough of it, whether it’s giggles or full-tummy laughter. Since the first month of life, your baby has been experimenting with sounds, cooing, gurgling, and sighing hoarsely. Laughter is the next step in communicating. Continue to encourage giggles and coos by talking frequently to your child.
It may appear absurd to converse with someone whose conversational skills are limited to a few vowels and gurgles, but this is how your child begins to learn language and laugh. And by pausing in your tongue twister, you not only allow her to check her voice, but you also demonstrate how the conversation works. Babies frequently laugh or smile while sleeping.
And, while no one knows what your child is dreaming about, she probably doesn’t remember one of your stupid faces – no matter how good it is. Your baby is most likely beginning what is known as an active sleep cycle. During this stage of sleep, babies may make involuntary movements such as smiling, chuckling, and giggling.