All babies smile, and newborns will even smile in their sleep.
Sometimes a smile in the early weeks of life, is simply a sign that she is passing gas; but starting between six and eight weeks of life, babies will develop a “social smile”, which is an intentional gesture of warmth meant just for you.
Smiling typically develops around six to eight weeks, a time when a baby spends her days gazing at faces, when her vision widens to take in the whole face, and not just the eyes.
Smiling is a crucial moment in infant development; it is the moment when babies begin to be aware of their social world.
Smiling also indicates that your baby’s brain development is advancing, and her communication skills are on track. When babies smile, they mark a new and unique cognitive step . . . sharing an emotion with someone else.
Further studies state that when your baby smiles, it indicates that she is growing up, and starting to figure out human behavior.
She also realizes that smiling back at you gets your attention; and the whole purpose of her smiling, is to also make you smile.
Yve . . . you’re so cute!
February 2016 photos of my niece – Yve
Age: 69 days (9 weeks 6 days)