Baby's First Real Smile

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Baby's First Real Smile

I saw plenty of smiles from my new grandson Forrest when I was out there visiting. But when do the intentional smiles begin?

This morning I checked it out because baby boy is fast approaching the 4 week old mark.

I thought this described things well: When Do Babies First Smile? | BabyZone

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a smile is a smile, does the reason really matter?

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To me, yes.

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I have photos of a real smile with Ivy at about 2 months... but Leo was about 9 months before he even gave reflex smiles... That was very tough. I swear that yesterday Forrest was smiling at Ivy and I for about 5 minutes. It was wonderful, but he didn't do it for dad...

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I'm in the "I don't care why" camp Biggrin I'll take any smile I can get! Like this one I got this morning.

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I come from a very negative, sarcastic family with depression issues. Of course I like any smile...but to have an indication that the babes are actively giving and spreading joy soothes my anxiety - so that's why the deliberate smiles are reassuring.

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I do love the deliberate smiles too. I'm a big fan of feedback Smile

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I love deliberate smiles - but a gassy smile also makes me smile.
With DS (now 2) I was getting smiles (deliberate if you ask me) and DH was not. DS was even smiling at the fridge and dishwasher (stainless steel?). Then one day I brought DS to DH's work (DH had still not yet enjoyed a real smile) and DH was proudly showing DS off to everyone -and DS was smiling at all of them! DH had still not had a smile of his own. It was funny. But made me feel bad for the dad's when they aren't around as much as us mom and how much they miss out on. Smile

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This looks pretty deliberate and contented to me.

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"gardenbug" wrote:

This looks pretty deliberate and contented to me.

Yesterday I disagreed with you. He was really smiley but I wasn't entirely convinced that he was smiling in response or deliberately.

Today, I agree completely! We have a smiley boy on our hands, and I'm sure he'll smile even more shortly! He started gaa-ing and goo-ing too while sitting in his car seat!

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Nathan's been intentionally smiling since 1 month. His smiles just about jump off his face they get so big. But we've been enjoying smiles since he was born. Sleepy smiles always tug on my heart strings they're so stinking cute!

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Yay Nathan~!

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"azin_may" wrote:

nathan's been intentionally smiling since 1 month. His smiles just about jump off his face they get so big. But we've been enjoying smiles since he was born. Sleepy smiles always tug on my heart strings they're so stinking cute!

photo needed!