More reasons to smile

Smiling releases chemicals that create good feelings and stimulate brain growth.

Simply seeing your baby smile makes you want to encourage more smiles, but did you know it is also chemically important for your baby’s development?

Your baby looks to your face for reassurance, comfort and responses. Giving and receiving smiles is an important form of communication between you and your baby.

What’s in a smile?

When your baby sees you smile, it releases chemicals in their body that make them feel safe and stimulates brain development. Smiling often at your baby makes them feel secure and teaches them that their world is safe. By spending time together and doing things that make you and your baby smile, you are also helping to strengthen your relationship.

Image Baby smiles while being held by a smiling adult

Published — 11 October 2016 Last updated — 02 November 2016

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