Tickle Time

Duration: any

Age: baby, parent

Skill for Bub: Just for fun, Mind Builder

summary:

Do you know your baby’s ticklish spots? Now’s a great time to find out!

Touch is a powerful sensation. It can calm your baby, but it also can elicit peals of laughter. To see how your baby responds, try this:

  • Place Baby, clad only in a diaper, on the changing table or on a blanket on the floor.
  • Test your tickle on various parts of Baby’s body. Alternate between feather touches and gentle squeezes.
  • Does Baby laugh when you squeeze his thighs? Does she giggle when you run your fingertips over her belly? Now try blowing gently into Baby’s neck.
  • Of course, this all leads up to the timeless raspberry. Don’t know what a raspberry is? It’s simple. Place your mouth against Baby’s belly or cheek, and blow. You’ll have to blow hard enough to ripple the skin with the air from your mouth. After surviving pregnancy and changing more diapers than you ever thought possible, the sound that results from a successful raspberry will be more than a little bit familiar.