What is small, soft, and laughs at the most unusual things? Your irresistible baby!
Laughter is essential to our lives, but parents, especially mothers, often overlook it. Mom is the most important and dearest person in a baby's life and, as such, the primary source of happiness and laughter.
A baby's first few months are crucial as they develop a sense of self, learn to communicate, and learn the basics of life. The ability to laugh at yourself or others is essential to a child's growth and development. When a mother laughs as she plays with her child or during any other activity, it allows her to release stress, soothe her child, and make them feel loved. Laughing also helps babies develop language, communication, and social skills, which can help them in all aspects of their lives, including school and adulthood.
When your baby cries and you observe the problem and how you can solve it - it's the same with laughter. When your baby smiles, try to find out what makes her so happy or what kind of experience she wants to share with you.
Laughter is not only good for babies, but it's also beneficial in various other areas.
It helps to:
- Relieve stress and anxiety
- It enables the body's stress response to function better
- It strengthens the immune system
The benefits of laughing go on and on, but mothers must also understand that a child will have difficulties expressing their laughter in the future if they are afraid that their mother might laugh at them. So, we have to set the right environment for our babies to see that they can laugh, and not only laugh, but laugh at themselves. Parents, it takes a lot to care for a child, especially when you feel overwhelmed from work and home.
Let's look at ways you can help your kids feel relaxed and well-loved. Please talk about the positive things you're doing and how much you appreciate them. We should also say that we love our children. We do not want them to feel that they are failures. We love them just the way they are, and even if they're not doing the best, we still love them.
The joy of knowing that there is no basis for fear
The baby quickly realizes the joy of laughing. Repetitive experiences make the baby completely relax because she feels completely safe after a few times. This knowledge causes a unique form of entertainment in the baby - the pleasure of knowing there is no basis for fear. If we understand this, we can also understand that our babies will start laughing out loud when they can recognize their mother. Only then is it clear to the baby that some activities that seem intimidating are harmless because loved ones perform them.
A smile as a reflex
Neonatologists claim that the child laughs or smiles in the mother's womb in the last phase of the prenatal period. That fetal smile is a reflex that serves to exercise the Santorini muscle (the muscle for laughter), which only exists in humans. A few weeks old, the infant smiles in his sleep, but it is not a reflection of a dream but a continuation of that reflex.
Smile as emotion
The first loud laughter occurs in the third month of life. An eight-month-old baby smiles only at people they know. In general, a child reacts with laughter, especially to unexpected events, games, and later, the fulfillment of a wish or when receiving a gift.
A smile for health
Smile is a sign of good health and normal development, so our ancestors didn't say for no reason that laughter is a cure for diseases. That is why so-called "Comic therapy" was created. In that therapy clown, doctors make children laugh and thus not only contribute to treating some diseases but also free children from fear and mistrust. It especially helps if they are hospitalized for a long time.
So, laughter is the best medicine for children who grow up from it! So, one smile, please!