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My baby (9 weeks) makes great eye contact and has started making some sounds every once in a while but is not yet smiling.

She was born three weeks early at 37 weeks. Should I be concerned and when did your baby smile? At this point with my first daughter she was very engaged and smiling all the time.


Posted by mom485660, 28th February 2022


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  • Mine took longer, every child is different. But if concerned I would say GP just to be sure


  • Try to relax and not worry or think about it, I know easier said than done but they can sense your stressing about it, it will happen, you’re doing a great job mumma!


  • I can’t remember when my bubs smiled, I think it was around 6weeks, all babies are different I wouldn’t be concerned till child is older


  • Every child develops at different speeds. If unsure speak to your maternal health nurse.


  • Every bubba follows their own path and everything happens in good time, not every corn kernal pops at the same time when making popcorn :)


  • No, I wouldn’t be concerned, although if you are, see your GP or paed, there may be something they need to look into


  • Sounds completely normal to me ???? my daughter was around 10-11 weeks when she smiled for the first time I was worried at first so took her to see my health care nurse and she was not concerned at all.
    Congratulations on youre baby soak it as they don’t stay a baby for long


  • She sounds perfect and congratulations. It can be a very stressful time if you compare your baby to others so please just enjoy your time with her. You will go for check ups and they will let you know if there are any issues. Have fun and enjoy. x


  • All baby’s are not text book. Do not worry….seriously its all on their own time.


  • No I wouldn’t be concerned, all babies are different and will all do things in these own time, don’t compare your bubs to everyone else’s


  • No i wouldn’t be concerned and if you are go see the doctor to put your mind at ease!
    Don’t compare your bub to others as that is the worst thing to do, all babies develope at different rates and hit milestones at different ages. BUT if you do really feel something is not right go with your gut and get it checked, always better to get checked now then regret it later if you didnt follow your instincts


  • No, I wouldn’t be concerned at all. All babies are different and the fact that your baby was born three weeks early means that they are really only around 6 weeks (adjusted). I’m sure your bubs will be smiling in no time at all..


  • Firstly every baby is different and most definately premmie babies are no exception
    My bubby was born 32 weeks and he didn’t smile till he was 10 weeks old or 2 weeks corrected.


  • Babies smile at all sorts of ages, and some are more smiley than others. I don’t think I’d worry till four or five months at least.


  • I wouldn’t be concerned. Each and every baby is different. If you are concerned you can always mention it to your local GP at your next appointment.


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