Face Play makes us laugh
Did you know face movements help your baby? They help baby’s brain! Moving the muscles of the face is as essential as moving the toes and fingers!
Sadly, many grownups faces are stoic. It can take some practice to move those muscles. Try looking in a mirror and making faces. Practice exaggerating face play for a few days and see what happens!
When you are tired…try playing!
Sounds opposite of what you want, but laughter can completely change your mood.
3 tips for play
- slow down and breath. Stay curious rather than trying to fix anything.
- make up a simple game with baby (see the video below)
- widen your ears so baby’s sounds don’t drain you
Click on this YouTube
Infancy is the time where we build a sense of safety and connection with others. We learn to see and be seen. This is called attachment. Unfortunately people can attach poorly, being anxious, ambivalent, or controlling.
Secure attachment indicates a healthy ability to enjoy each other, feel confident we will be cared for, and able to care about others. The baby in the video shows a good social connection.
He is using all the muscles in his face. His strong sense of humor, and creative timing, and pure enjoyment of the responses around him. What a treasure. You can see the laughter is full bodied as well because of the quality of joy. He is surely feeling it into his toes. Full body ease is another sign of secure attachment.
Laugh and engage with your baby for good social enjoyment and pure pleasure. Be expressive and help them to do enjoy that too!
And remember to laugh! I am sure you did watching this video 🙂