3–6 MONTHS SMILING

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3–6 MONTHS SMILING

Decoded message:

I feel very good and I would like to do something fun.
It is time to play!

Suggested actions:

Promoting play

Observe your child, who is smiling and showing you that he would like to do something fun.
Lean over his cradle and tickle him lightly while smiling at him.
Stop before he shows he’s had enough, as tickling can overtire baby.
Speak to him softly or let him listen to toys that make a noise, or to music.
Show him colorful toys or objects (rattles, mobiles) or plush toys and continue to make him smile.

Adapting your actions to be more receptive

By observing your child closely, you will find that he not only looks at you, but is also beginning to smile at you.
He recognizes your face.
He is beginning to be more active and play.
He wants more frequent contact with other people.

Staying close

Look for a sign that your child feels happy and wants to be more active.
He is learning what it feels like to be happy.
Your child responds by smiling when you smile at him.
Take this opportunity to babble with him, speak to him softly, show him toys.

Providing tender loving care

Take advantage of this time when your child is happy to provide his daily care (feeding, bathing, changing) while speaking softly and cuddling.
Move his legs toward his chest or up and down while singing: “Hey diddle diddle, the cat and the fiddle, The cow jumped over the moon, The little dog laughed to see such sport, And the dish ran away with the spoon.”