97 Ways to Make a Baby Laugh

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Beyond Peek-A-Boo. Nothing pleases new parents more than Baby's first laugh, and here to keep the chortles coming is a collection of infant-tested sight gags, skits, parlor tricks and practical jokes. Try THE LIVE JACK-IN-THE-BOX. THE "SCAMOOCH." BABY'S STINKY FEET. Or THE DISAPPEARING NOODLE (for best results use cappellini al dente). They're a little nutty, require no training and few props (Baby's hat, bubble gum, a polka CD), and are guaranteed to work—on one condition. Grown-ups can't hold back. Which means ...

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Overview

Beyond Peek-A-Boo. Nothing pleases new parents more than Baby's first laugh, and here to keep the chortles coming is a collection of infant-tested sight gags, skits, parlor tricks and practical jokes. Try THE LIVE JACK-IN-THE-BOX. THE "SCAMOOCH." BABY'S STINKY FEET. Or THE DISAPPEARING NOODLE (for best results use cappellini al dente). They're a little nutty, require no training and few props (Baby's hat, bubble gum, a polka CD), and are guaranteed to work—on one condition. Grown-ups can't hold back. Which means not only will you be tickling Baby's funny bone, but your own as well.

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In the fifteen years since the first edition of this book was published, an entire generation of toddlers have giggled their way into adolescence. Obviously then, it is time for a new, improved edition of Jack Moore's 97 Ways to Make A Baby Laugh. This parent-tested, baby-approved primer will not only make your infant laugh; it is guaranteed to make you smile too.

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761172352
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/23/2012
  • Edition description: 2nd Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 425,410
  • Product dimensions: 4.00 (w) x 5.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Penny Gentieu is a New York professional photographer who has specialized in photographing babies and children for the past 12 years. Her photographs are exhibited and published worldwide, and she has to her credit over 100 magazine covers, including Time, Newsweek, American Baby, Baby Talk, New York, USA Weekend, and Parents. Penny is the author/photographer of Wow! Babies, to be published by Crown Publishing in Fall 1997.

Jack Moore was an advertising consultant and comedy writer. A natural entertainer of children, he became an expert at making babies laugh when his son, Brick, was born.

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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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  • Posted November 12, 2012

    This. Book. Was. Adorable. Sometimes you come across a book tha

    This. Book. Was. Adorable.

    Sometimes you come across a book that is just so full of cuteness and happiness that you can't help a huge grin from stretching out your face. This is one of those books. With humor and absolutely adorable photographs, Jack Moore teaches you 97 ways to make a baby laugh. While I have not tested these methods on a baby yet, reading this book has definitely made me giggle.

    *I was provided a copy of this book for review purposes from Netgalley

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