12 months WHAT’S SO FUNNY, BABY?
You can learn a lot about your baby from what she’s laughing at
laughter since the time of Plato. There’s relief theory, which argues that we laugh in relief when tension is resolved. Superiority theory suggests we get a laugh out of someone else’s misfortune. Incongruity theory postulates that we laugh when something doesn’t make sense. As your child ages, he or she may laugh as a result of pleasure, of a sense of relief, superiority or incongruity, or a combination.
What was funny to a oneyear-old will fail to amuse the same child at ten. What your child is currently amused by gives you a fascinating glimpse into his or her current developmental stage. Here are a few guaranteed rib-ticklers, by age, plus ways to get a grin out of him: or your breast, signals love, food, warmth and comfort to your baby. Your sound and smell are a delight, prompting a smile of pure happiness – how adorable!