First Giggles

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We’re on a mission around here… To get Veronika to make her first true giggle, that is!

Social smiles abound these days, including the best gummy smile when I first greet her in the morning. But the giggle is more elusive, and you are probably equally excited for the first time your little one truly makes that sound. It’s a milestone that will happen right around three month’s old – i.e. right now for us.

So here’s a round up of some fun ways we’ve been eliciting smiles from Veronika. She goes wild for peekaboo…

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…loves when I make silly faces, like a puckered fish face or bubbly lips…

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…and grins when I say nonsense words like “scootchie tootchie!”

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And then there are her near-laughs for big brother!

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We’ll get there soon, and we’ll have fun trying in the meantime. How did you get your baby to laugh for the first time? Please share in the comments!



Connect with Classical

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Travis has pulled out his old violin this morning (from a brief foray into Suzuki last year), which was a nice reminder to put on some classical music for the whole family to enjoy!

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Classical is fantastic for babies (not just Bach, although that’s what we started with). I put on concerto music and held Veronika in my arms, and I could instantly feel her whole body relax. Mine, too!

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We listened to the music at various volumes – first loud, then softer, then loud again. She was practically dancing to the music!

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I also whispered to her what we were listening to: string instruments like cellos, bold brass instruments, winds like clarinets, and more.

Although the jury is still out on whether or not the “Mozart effect” actually helps babies’ intelligence, there’s no reason not to listen to classical music. It certainly calmed us all down on a chaotic Saturday morning! A nice reminder to leave my Mozart and Bach on repeat in the background.