That perfect smile

Probably one of the most cherished moments for a parent is when your baby first smiles at you. Don't be fooled. For the first few weeks, these smirks and grins are known as 'reflex smiles' and are fleeting reactions, but they don’t last long.

From about six weeks onwards, your baby will start their 'responsive smiles' which occur as a reaction to stimulation, such as, your voice or your touch. You can encourage these 'responsive smiles' by talking, singing and playing with your baby.

By six months, most babies will smile when they hear or see someone they recognise. We are all similar in nature but can also be so different, so do not worry if your baby is not smiling as much as you thought. Give those smirks and grins some time to flourish, you will not be disappointed.