Verified by Kimberly Langdon M.D.
Kimberly Langdon is an obstetrician/gynecologist with 19 years of clinical experience and graduated from The Ohio State University, College of Medicine.
A belly laugh is a natural reaction for babies when they find something amusing. It usually starts with a smile and then erupts into uncontrollable laughter. Unfortunately, some babies don’t seem to belly Laugh. If your baby isn’t laughing, there could be several reasons why.
Common Reasons Why Your Baby Doesn’t belly Laugh
Not enough physical play
Babies learn through play; physical activities like playing on the floor, rolling around, and jumping can help them develop coordination and balance. Without enough physical space, babies may find humor in things more challenging.
Fear or anxiety
If your baby is feeling scared or anxious, it can be difficult for them to laugh. Fear and laughter don’t mix very well. Babies can experience fear and anxiety just like adults do.
They may be afraid of certain situations or people; if they cannot voice their fear, the anxiety level can prevent them from laughing.
Autism or other developmental disorders
Some children with autism, ADHD, or other developmental disorders don’t express laughter. While some may find things funny, they might not be able to display them through laughing or smiling.
If your baby cannot hear, they may be unable to understand jokes or find humor in anything. It’s essential to get your baby’s hearing tested by a professional if you suspect this might be the case.
Solutions For Getting Baby To Belly Laugh Again
Create a playful environment
Take the time to create a fun and engaging environment for your baby. Get down on the floor with them, make silly faces, or sing songs. The more you positively interact with them, the more likely they will be to laugh.
Introduce new activities
Try introducing different toys or activities that stimulate the senses. This can help keep your baby interested and engaged, encouraging them to laugh.
Spend time bonding
Take time each day to bond with your baby, whether reading a book or rocking in a chair together. Doing this regularly helps create an emotional connection between you and your baby, which can lead to more laughter.
When your baby does laugh, respond positively and reward them with smiles and praise. This will encourage them to keep laughing in the future.
Visit a professional
If your baby still isn’t laughing, it may be time to visit a doctor or healthcare provider. They can help diagnose any underlying issues preventing your baby from laughing.
If autism or another disorder is suspected, they can refer you to a specialist who can help get your baby laughing again.
Babies often laugh with a belly laugh as a natural reaction when they find something funny. However, some babies don’t seem to laugh in this way.
There can be various reasons for this. Parents can help their babies to laugh again. Belly laughing is an important part of childhood development that parents should strive to foster in their children. With the right tools, parents can help their babies learn how to express themselves through laughter and joy.