Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Smiling Games

At eight weeks old, we' finally enjoyed Gracie's first real smile. Babies typically smile sometime in the first couple months. It's so reassuring to see your baby recognize and acknowledge you! Smiling becomes a new way for your little one to communicate with you.

The first thing you should do is smile at your baby! Smiles are reassuring to babies-- so be sure to smile at her often!

I would sing Gracie a song about smiling to encourage her (sing to Row, Row, Row Your Boat)

Smile, Smile, Smile at Me
And I will smile at you
Every time you give a smile
It always turns to two!
(words by Pam Schiller)

Another thing you can do is to gently  Tickle baby gently under chin, under belly, etc. We like to do this to the "Feather Play" song from Kimbo's Baby Games CD.

And there's always the classic Peekaboo!

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