July 02, 2015

Q: When will my child be able to understand jokes?

A: Around 18 months, your toddler can recognize when things aren't as they're supposed to be. She may go into a giggling fit when you try to put her pajama bottoms on your head or pretend to eat her toes. To encourage her budding sense of humor, laugh along when she copies the silly things you do. And use it to your advantage: Humor is also an excellent way to defuse a brewing tantrum. If your toddler decides she doesn't want to wear her winter hat, put it on her foot and say, "There, that's right." Your child will likely crack up -- and may even correct you by showing you where it really belongs. --Leslie Gross Klaff

Copyright 2007. Used with permission from the December 2007 issue of Parents magazine. Updated 2009

Answered by Parents Team


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