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Almost 5 Months and Not Laughing Yet

I know I might be over reacting but my son who will be 5 months at the end of December still is not laughing. He smiles and talks (his special language) but no laughing. I know every baby develops differently but he is my 5th. And they all were laughing by now. Am I just over reacting or is it something I should bring up with the dr. Thank-You

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My daughter is going on 8 months (although was 8+wks early) and rarely laughs. We'll maybe catch a giggle a few times per week. She is constantly smiling and chatting though and we did ask the pediatrician and neonatologist as well as the occupational therapist. None thought it was a problem. I don't think she even started laughing until at least six months which was nerve racking for us in itself.

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My daughter is 8 months old and doesn't really laugh. At least not like the kids in her ECFE class do. I haven't thought of it as a concern because she's SO vocal and social and generally happy and smiles so big that it seems like her face is going to break in half. I just figured that she's not a laugher, or else she is laughing but it doesn't sound like something I'd recognize as a laugh. Your son is probably just fine!

I would think if he is smiling, talking, making eye contact, etc, then everything is okay. If not, then it wouldn't hurt to bring it up to the doctor.

Hi C.,
My son was the same way. I was so worried (and sad!) that I couldn't make him do those big belly laughs. Even now we have to work to get more than a smirk from him--though he smiles all the time. He's a normal, healthy, boy who just isn't a big laugher. I would say if everything else is normal (eye contact, "communicating," reacting, etc.), you should be OK, but your pediatrician can confirm at your son's 6mo check-up. Good luck!!

I had the same question when my DD wasn't laughing yet at about 6 mos. The doc said that it was fine and that timing varied a lot by personality. Sure enough - about 2 weeks later baby decided that her big brother was hilarious and has been laughing since. :-)

Nothing's wrong. He'll laugh when he's darn good and ready. ;-)

If he wasn't vocalizing, was avoiding eye contact, and so on, then I'd be concerned, but not laughing in and of itself is nothing to be concerned about.

My daughter is going on 8 months (although was 8+wks early) and rarely laughs. We'll maybe catch a giggle a few times per week. She is constantly smiling and chatting though and we did ask the pediatrician and neonatologist as well as the occupational therapist. None thought it was a problem. I don't think she even started laughing until at least six months which was nerve racking for us in itself.

I wouldn't worry about it just yet. All kids develope at different rates. Maybe he just hasn't seen anything funny enough yet.

I agree with all the other moms - he's smiling and talking so it's probably just his personality.

But as always, you're his mother, and a mother's instinct is almost always the best indicator of right/wrong with their child. If you feel there's something not right, bring it up with your doctor.

It is always much better to have someone think you're an hysterical mom than to ignore something important because we're afraid of being laughed at.

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