19 Ways to Make Baby Smile

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We asked our oh-so-creative readers how they keep babies of all ages happy and occupied. Here, the best of the bunch.

14. "I have a black triangle on white paper taped to the black fridge. My 9-week-old, Norah, can look at it for hours!" Kimberly Kurtz Ryan Spencerport, New York

15. "To get my son to smile, I sing "Moses Supposes His Toeses Are Roses," a nursery rhyme. I also sing bits from Singin' in the Rain. He stops crying and smiles for that one too." Jenny Hogan Crestwood, Illinois

16. "My 1-year-old Juliann's favorite thing is to go for a stroller ride at the park or around the block. Living in Cleveland, the weather rarely permits, so when she's tired or bored, I push her around the house in her umbrella stroller." Jeana Luberger Cleveland, Ohio

17. "To entertain my 6-month-old, Micah, I often hold him close, cheek-to-cheek, and walk up and down the stairs. I find that this gives him a chance to examine pictures on the wall that he rarely sees and the motion of taking one step slowly at a time quiets him as well." Tina Thompson Carrollton, Georgia

18. "Every night, I 'draw' pictures on my 2-1/2-year-old Nicholas' back with my finger. He loves guessing what I'm drawing." Melissa Massengill Monroe, Michigan

19. "When my 3-month-old, Josiah, is fussy or gassy, my husband has come up with a creative way to help calm him. He made up 'The Farting Game' song and sings it while gently bouncing the baby and working with his legs to help him pass the gas. It's pretty hilarious to hear and watch!" Michelle Rose Eagan, Minnesota

Originally published in American Baby magazine, February 2005.

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