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Old Nov 22nd, 2017, 18:30 PM   1
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Inconsistent baby smiles


My DD is 11 weeks on Friday, 8 weeks adjusted. She has given us a couple smiles here or there since about 8-9 weeks (5-6 adjusted). But the smiling is inconsistent and doesn't seem to be becoming more frequent. For some reason I felt like once a baby smiles she has the ability to do so again and again and again. But is it actually normal for smiling consistently and frequently to take a while? I see all these photos of my friends' babies who are a few weeks ahead or behind and they have full gummy grins. I can't catch a photo because it's so random.

She is otherwise developing normally. She has started to coo a bit and is beginning to discover her hands and is beginning to suck on her fist/thumb.

But I was just wondering if it takes a while to develop the skill to smile more and more?



 
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Old Nov 23rd, 2017, 00:51 AM   2
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Of course thatís normal. Do you feel like smiling all the time? Itís personality as much as anything, my DS2 smiled all the time as a baby, more than DS1 did, and out of the two of them he has turned out much more happy go lucky.

Also remember that kids donít develop in a linear fashion, they go up and down in consistency and through phases. So just because she can smile, doesnít mean her smiles will always happen at the same time/cues and there wonít be a straight line increase in their frequency. They arenít logical and they donít present that way. This is especially evident during potty training which notoriously goes up and down.

She can smile, she sometimes does, she sounds normal to me.



 
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Old Nov 23rd, 2017, 06:55 AM   3
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My dS has been smiling since 3 weeks at us and even some times in his sleep and it definitely not wind. My dd on the other hand you had to really work for her smiles especially at 3 months but then would just randomly smile at a wall! Haha, she was quite a serious baby haha. I think it’s a personality thing. X



 
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Old Nov 23rd, 2017, 07:01 AM   4
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My babies' smiles were very hit and miss at first. Sometimes they are just still learning or just don't feel like smiling. Sometimes I would be trying to get them to smile and they would just be staring at me, but they are learning all the time



 
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Old Nov 23rd, 2017, 07:12 AM   5
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It's definitely normal and I can say from experience with two babies that photos are one out of about fifty where you actually catch the smile. My kids smiled if I did 'achoo!' but I could say it loads before I actually got a smile! She's still so little and sounds perfectly fine to me.



 
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Old Nov 23rd, 2017, 14:29 PM   6
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My first was like this until she was maybe 4 months old, despite giving her first smile at 4 weeks. Now aged 3, she is cheerful, smiling and laughing basically all the time. My second smiled at 3 weeks and has done it constantly since. So it really depends on the baby!



 
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Old Nov 25th, 2017, 02:32 AM   7
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My ds is also 11 weeks. Both of his siblings smiled early so when he didn't Kim was a little worried, although I k we I shouldn't have been. He started smiling more often than the odd sporadic smile a couple of weeks ago and now full on beams, which is just beautiful! Babies don't do it a lot straight away and they're all different. Your daughter is still within that window of learning it. And as you say, she's been working on other things liking cooing and discovering her hands which are important developmental things for a little one. She try it more and more then and will love your delighted response to her smiles. She'll really pick it up in another couple of weeks I bet.



 
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Old Nov 25th, 2017, 11:15 AM   8
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What you describe is normal for any skill that hasn't been mastered yet.



 
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Old Nov 30th, 2017, 16:03 PM   9
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It's definitely normal and I can say from experience with two babies that photos are one out of about fifty where you actually catch the smile. My kids smiled if I did 'achoo!' but I could say it loads before I actually got a smile! She's still so little and sounds perfectly fine to me.
This!

My DD smiled pretty early on and sometimes she would smile and coo at me doing things then others sheíd look at me like she was so unimpressed! Hate to think how many times Iíve done the Ďachoo!í tbing in her lifetime

Totally normal, your LO is still so little xxx



 
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