97 Ways to Make a Baby Laugh

97 Ways to Make a Baby Laugh

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by Jack Moore
     
 

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Chortle. Giggle. Titter and guffaw. And smile, smile, smile. The happiest of books is back, in full, glorious, happy color. It’s the perfect shower gift. Essential for grandparents. The most cheerful book in the parenting section.

These 97 games, sight gags, parlor tricks, and practical jokes require no special talent, use just the simplest household items as

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Chortle. Giggle. Titter and guffaw. And smile, smile, smile. The happiest of books is back, in full, glorious, happy color. It’s the perfect shower gift. Essential for grandparents. The most cheerful book in the parenting section.

These 97 games, sight gags, parlor tricks, and practical jokes require no special talent, use just the simplest household items as props, and actually work. Babies will be entertained—and adult readers will rediscover the joy of surrendering to sheer silliness. Get baby giggling with the Exaggerated Sneeze “ah-ah-ah-ah-CHOO!” The Live Jack-in-the-Box (Dad goes in large cardboard box, family sings “Pop Goes the Weasel,” and Dad jumps out at the last line). Three-Card Monte for Babies, using plastic cups and a lemon. Plus the top ten peek-a-boo variations, Yodeling in the Canyon, the Disappearing Noodle, Baby Channel Surfing, and oldies-but-goodies including Baby’s Stinky Feet. It’s the joy of letting loose and laughing with your baby.

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Children's Literature - Carlee Hallman
The introduction to this fun book states: "I've found that all babies will laugh at some of these skits and some babies will laugh at all of them. It's a matter of taste." The first trick is "The Live Jack-in-the-box. Put Dad in a large cardboard box. Then have the family sing the familiar tune Pop Goes the Weasel. When you get to the last line, Dad jumps out of the box." The accompanying picture shows a smiling baby in the buff from the waist up. Another activity is to "Draw a simple cartoon face on a sturdy piece of cardboard. Cut a hole where the mouth would be." Put a bowl behind the mouth. When Mom feeds baby, she can also put food through the hole and into the bowl. The picture shows a baby in an undershirt and with a thumb in his mouth. Another trick is for an adult to exchange hats with baby while they both look in a mirror. Some of the activities also included grandparents. Twenty babies, of various ethnic backgrounds were photographed. Adults and babysitters are given surprising ways to interact with their nonspeaking progeny. This is a great gift for young parents. Reviewer: Carlee Hallman
Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
Humor, maybe the most important parenting quality, is frequently threatened by the strains of adjusting to a new baby. Jack Moore's 97 Ways To Make A Baby Laugh has specific suggestions to encourage family laughter and relieve stress. Moore has tricks that you can begin at three months when "babies first begin to have a sense of humor" and he recommends his book for use with babies up to fourteen months "when their increased mobility makes them less than a captive audience." There are standards like #59: I'm Gonna Get You and the more exotic like #78: Ride 'Em Cowboy where Mom rides on Dad's back as he crawls on all fours.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761172352
Publisher:
Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date:
10/23/2012
Edition description:
2nd Edition
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
236,877
Product dimensions:
4.00(w) x 5.90(h) x 0.40(d)

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The Disappearing Noodle. Place the end of a long strand of spaghetti in Dad's mouth and have him suck it in as quickly as possible.

Play rap music while Grandma does an improvisational, nonrepetitive breakdance

With Baby sitting in the high chair, hold her hands down while you ask, "How big is Baby?" Then, as you raise her arms over her head, add the words" SO BIG."

Keeping your face at a safe distance from Baby, blow a large bubble gum bubble. The slower, the better.

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