Be a Hit This Thanksgiving: Study ’97 Ways to Make a Baby Laugh’

Does your Thanksgiving include babies? Yours or someone else’s? I will be hosting seven children on Thursday, and my nephew is a baby. So today, I’m reading the brand new version of 97 Ways to Make a Baby Laugh. My kids just started elementary school, so I’m rusty. I want to go beyond toe tickling and peek-a-boo. I want to make Luke laugh so hard that he pees in his diaper.

I adore the beautiful photos of almost 100 toothless smiles, and I especially love this suggestion from the book:
“The Scamooch
Using the knuckles of your index and middle fingers, lightly press against Baby’s ribs while jiggling your wrist. Just before doing so, say, ‘Somebody’s gonna get a Scamooch!’”

And what if I can get my mother-in-law to do this?
“With Baby watching, have Mom or Dad or more agile members of the family lift a soccer ball from the floor using nothing but their heads.”

Little giggles are pure, sweet love. And playing with a bundle of joy can get you out of conversations that involve politics. Besides, if there is one thing to be thankful for, it’s a happy baby.

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