As a Boston newborn photographer, I see a lot of smiling babies and capturing one always makes my day! The more I photograph little ones, the better I am at predicting when they’re about to smile. Of course, I always see it coming when I’m changing props and I don’t have my camera in hand. lol But I’ve been lucky enough to capture some big, gorgeous baby smiles. Below are a handful of favorites (though I have many more images to share in another post!). So, go on.. get your baby fix and read more about baby smiles. I dare you not to smile back! 😀
Through my various newborn photography safety trainings, I’ve learned that newborn smiles are a reflex. At times, there are hints when the baby is about to give me a gummy smile, for example, certain facial expressions and their falling into REM sleep. But, for the most part, they are spontaneous and random. According to a Parents.com article (here), neonatal smiles are reflexes that are “similar to the jerky arm and leg movements your baby’s body experiences as it goes through the equipment-testing process.” The reflex-smiles lessen as the baby develops and matures. So, premature babies actually smile more than full-term newborns. Pretty interesting!
I usually see “real” smiles during two and three-month baby sessions. At this stage of development, babies start to smile as a reaction to auditory and visual stimulation. They smile as they begin to recognize and learn mom & dad’s faces and voices. Babies also start realizing that smiles are a way to connect with others and it’s a way to communicate happiness and excitement.
Real or not, there is no denying there is nothing sweeter than a baby’s smile. Here are ten smiling newborn photos to brighten your day.
This blog post was inspired by the following articles: When Do Babies Start Smiling? and Why Babies Smile
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