The Many Reasons Your Baby Licks His Mouth


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Babies are more likely to laugh or smile in their sleep than any other reason. It has been observed that babies tend to be fascinated with new things and actions. Thus, when they’re not in a deep sleep, infants are exposed to new sights and sounds. Such stimuli can stimulate the secretion of hormones that aid in a baby’s well-being, including serotonin and endorphins.

When babies are in a deep sleep, however, passing gas is more common. Babies also tend to turn their heads to look at certain objects in the room. While some parents think this is simply a sign that the baby is looking around in search of something, it may also mean that he/she is communicating with the parents through small movements of the head. Therefore, when a baby smiles in sleep, it could mean he wants to communicate with you.

Baby Laughing In Sleep

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Babies move from deep sleep to light sleep cycles every few weeks. This cycle is essential for the development of a baby’s brain and muscles. Some babies, however, seem to move more frequently during sleep cycles. Parents should monitor the baby’s sleep cycles and see if he seems more active or tired after playing. If your baby seems disinterested or tired after a while, check whether he received enough sleep during the previous night. If you don’t see any improvements, seek medical attention immediately.

Babies who are hungry or partially hungry are said to be in REM sleep. REM sleep is when a baby meets his or her caregiver for the first time. During rem sleep, a baby is interested in his environment, and he seeks out the visual stimuli of others. He may smile or even make other noises and will try to establish eye contact with the person next to him.

Babies who are bottle-fed or breastfed have no control over when they sleep. These infants tend to stop crying or soothe themselves during their sleep when a bottle is placed near them. This behavior is normal and continues until the child is about 12 months old. However, if a baby is bottle-fed frequently, it will eventually start making sounds like whistling, cooing, or screaming when its bottle is not near it. This can be an indication that it is trying to communicate with you, as he wants to say, “I need you, Mommy!”

Things To Know About Baby While They Sleep

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Babies who sleep in their mothers’ arms are said to cry less during their sleep. Babies who sleep on their own, however, tend to roll over onto their stomachs during their REM sleep, which can cause gas buildup. In addition, a baby who moves around too much during his REM sleep is likely to wake up without any recollection of sleeping. Therefore, it is believed that a baby who sleeps in his mother’s arms is more likely to develop appropriate sleep habits.

A baby who sleeps in an upright position is less likely to develop respiratory distress during his first year of life. Babies who sleep in non-removable sleep positions are more likely to develop respiratory problems. These include apnea, which causes a loud, continuous sound in the baby’s throat; colic, a gas-like feeling in the baby’s stomach; and noisy, irritating coughs. If your baby has not slept in a non-removable sleep position for more than six months, he may have apnea or colic. Babies who sleep in horizontal positions are less likely to develop respiratory problems.

Bottom Line

Babies tend to laugh more frequently during non-sleeping sleep cycles, but they also yawn more often. It is not unusual for a baby to yawn during his waking hours, as well as during naps. When babies are sleeping, they rarely yawn. Babies also tend to cry out during sleep cycles, and they make more noise during waking hours. If you notice your baby laughing during sleep cycles, he could be expressing his pleasure or excitement.

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