How to help encourage baby to smile!
1. Gently blow light air around their face. Sometime the little tickle of air will encourage a little grin to appear!
2. Lightly tickle over baby’s upper lip with a soft cloth or feather. Sometimes, if you’re lucky, the rest of the mouth will smile along.
3. Be patient and wait for the right cycle of sleep. Baby’s REM cycle is relatively short when they are fist born and they tend to smile when they’re entering and exiting this stage of sleep. Pay attention and you can recognize some of the signs. Baby will start to breathe a bit heavier. Their eyes will move back and forth behind their closed eyelids. Often baby will frown, grimace, even pinch their lips a bit. All of these slight facial movements indicate baby is about to enter or exit that cycle of sleep and a smile may be very near!
Always have your camera out and ready to go in a SAFE and accessible place! I always keep mine high on a hutch so that I can grab it at a moment’s notice.
Whether they’re happy, dreaming or just tooting, I think a baby’s smile is ALWAYS magical!