There’s nothing more satisfying than when your baby smiles at you for the very first time. A proper ‘social smile’ that is, rather than a half-hearted windy one. So when can you expect this unforgettable moment? Well most babies visually connect with their parents’ faces around six to eight weeks and beam with delight. This is a significant milestone as it signals your baby is now capable of complex thought processes – his brain can interpret the image of your face, which then triggers the motor part of his brain to react with a grin.
One of the most special things about the social smile is that it opens up a whole new way of communicating with your baby. Up until this point, he communicated by crying or non-verbal cues, such as tensing up his muscles when he became tired or startled. Now he can express himself in a more positive way – and let you know just how funny all those silly faces and noises truly are!