• Question: how do babies know to laugh when they are born

    Asked by Illuminaticonfirmed69 to Shikha on 20 Nov 2014.
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      Shikha Sharma answered on 20 Nov 2014:

      Hi Illuminaticonfirmed69,
      It is a part of natural human behavior regulated by the brain. They do not learn it.Neonates(0-1 month) may smile from the day they are born to about one month, but at that time they show no emotion. At the age of 1-2 month babies gradually respond to stimulation. Their first smile when they are awake usually appears at 6-10 weeks. This is because their vision improves and they start to recognize faces. They respond to sounds, like music and parents’ voices. Finally, they will smile because of visual stimulation.