Your babies #029: Daksh laughs..

Our latest laughing baby comes from Naveen and features his wife gently teasing his five month old son Daksh:

In this video, my son (Daksh) is featured. every time his mom scares him to eat him away, he innocently laughs at her. This is so cute. On a hindsight, I tend to think that our lives should be like a kid’s life which is free from worries, and is innocent, cute and always happy.

I quite agree that it would be wonderful if we could retain some of the sheer joy that babies possess. It is not alway easy but fortunately, laughing babies help us laugh too.

Thank you , Naveen and much happiness to you, your wife and son.

Your Babies #027: Finn squeals with fear and delight

Enjoy this video of 2 year old baby Finn screaming with delighted terror as he races along on his little bike. If anything, I’d say he wanted to go faster. And like his dad says, you can bet he will love rollercoasters when he is older.

Finn isn’t at all unusual in this. According to our research one of the best ways to make 3 to 5 month old babies laugh is to dangle them upside down. And we’ve all been a little scared to watch proud new dads throwing their giggling young babies high the air. So why do babies find delight in danger and revel in rough and tumble?

I don’t actually know. Partly it is that they don’t know to be afraid. But that same baby could be scared by a small insect or a rustling curtain in his or her bedroom. So that can’t be the whole story. I suspect it comes down to adrenaline. Excitement and fear both cause your body to react in a similar way, releasing a lot of adrenaline and getting your heart racing. It prepares you to react. When the situation turns out not to be dangerous and there is nothing to react to then there is a sense of relief and excess energy has to be expended somehow.

In the spirit of science, I went on a a few roller coasters at Thorpe Park a few weekends ago. Here’s what happened to my heart rate:

THE NEMESIS

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THE SAW

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I don’t mind admitting that at some points I was screaming like a little baby.

Thanks to Finn and his family for the video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=emoLgt5we6k

Easter Laughing Baby Hunt

Happy Easter, Help us with our research by finding laughing babies on YouTube. We love to see some examples of the following behaviours:

1. Shock turning to delight

2. A baby deliberately making an adult laugh

3. A baby laughing in anticipation of something (being tickled, etc.)

* Bonus – A baby dressed as a rabbit

 

Send links in the comments below or tweet your finds with the hashtag #laughingbaby

Have a Happy Chocolate Eggsmas,
Caspar
 

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Your Babies #026: Laughing twins Lubabah & Zeyanah

You laugh more in company and even more with your best friends and loved ones. So the obvious question is, do twins laugh more than the rest of us? Let’s examine some evidence.

Lubabah and Zeyanah definitely seem to be having a lot of fun. Youtube has plenty of other laughing twins having just as much fun. Even some laughing quadruplets.

In our parental laughter survey, we asked how many times a day babies laughed. We had 17 sets of twins in our data and on average their parents didn’t report that they laughed more or less than other babies. On average they all laugh around 40 times a day.

But I’ve suspected that parents are largely guessing when they answer that question. For example, parents report that boys laugh more than girls. This might be a real difference but it also be a cultural projection based on expected gender roles.

One parent of twins in Venezuela wasn’t sure if she’d been accurate in her guess of how much they laughed. So the next day she counted. She got to 500 laughs and emailed me to let me know. Which certainly brightened my day and suggests that maybe happy twins are more than twice as fun. Do you know any twins, what is your experience? Are you a twin yourself, did you think laughed a lot as child?

Thank you to Lubabah and Zeyanah and their parents for sharing this video and to Alexandra and family in Venezuela (our thoughts are with you today )

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Baby Dominic laughing at 3 months and 20 months

Your Babies #025: Dominic is back

Remember Dominic? He’s a world record breaker and the star of BBC’s coverage of our project. He’s an old friend of the Baby Laughter project. Well, not that old, he’s only 20 months old. But he was 3 and bit months old when we last heard from him. So that’s seven times as old as when he first appeared.

He’s also adding singing to range of talents.

Thanks once again to Dominic and his family for sharing their laughter.