LivingBabies who smile at birth: the angelic smile

Babies who smile at birth: the angelic smile

A baby’s smile is the greatest gift there can be for parents. There are babies who smile at birth , and even babies who we can see smile in the womb thanks to 3D ultrasounds.

What we see looks like, but is not actually a smile . It is what is known as an angelic smile, which responds to a reflection of the newborn .

The angelic smile

Sometimes we see photos of babies smiling minutes or days after birth on social media. We see the baby just out of his mother’s womb, still with the umbilical cord and covered by vernix caseosa, with a wide smile on his face, which seems to show his happiness at having come into the world.

However, it is not an intended smile. It is a reflexive, spontaneous lip movement that the baby makes when feeling happy and relaxed.

In fact, if we stimulate the baby’s cheeks by gently stroking them during the first month of life, the baby will instinctively respond with a smile. It is also very common to see them smile while they sleep.

It is only after the first month of life (approximately between the fourth and sixth week) when the baby finally gives us his first “real” smile. Generally, it is for the mother or father, and it happens in response to their words or their looks. It is a magical moment of communication with the baby. Together with crying, the smile will become from now on, his way of communicating.

As the child develops his social and perceptual abilities, the smiles will be more and more selective. You will begin to discriminate the reasons and feelings that make you smile.

Whenever your baby gives you his first smile, it will be a very special and unforgettable moment .

In Babies and more | They don’t speak, but they can communicate: what babies tell us with their gestures

101 Sweetest-Sounding Hawaiian Names for Girls and Boys

When we choose a baby's name, we often look for one that has some memorable meaning or is inspired by something we like or admire, such as a book or some historical character.

Never lose sight of your baby in the hospital: newborn tests, always accompanied

What happened last night at the Basurto hospital in Bilbao leaves a huge sense of anguish in any new parent or soon to be. The impunity with which a woman posed as a nurse to kidnap a baby just one day old makes anyone's hair stand on end.

25 Halloween-Inspired Girl and Boy Names for Your Baby

Although it is not a date that particularly inspires tenderness, the truth is that there are parents who are very fond of Halloween and everything that this theme involves, so they consider choosing the name of a character related to it for their children.

Touch is a very powerful connection with your baby: this is how you can...

As mothers - especially when we are first-timers - and we want to do what is best for the baby, we simply have to go with our instincts. I say this as someone who started motherhood having read a lot about it, but to whom time has taught precisely that.

When your family doesn't like the name you've chosen for your baby (and over...

One of the most transcendental decisions that are made in the incipient role of father and mother, when the baby is still in the womb, is deciding the name of your son or daughter. Trying to imagine what it will be like, discarding all those that you don't like or that remind you of someone you don't like (because let's not deny it, it's something we all do), and reaching consensus is not an easy job.