Is Her Smile for Real or "Just Gas?" Everything You Want To Know About Baby's First Smile

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Jennifer L. W. Fink on Sep 22, 2010 at 2:19PM

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a Jennifer L. W. Fink on Sep 22, 2010 at 2:25PM

Contrary to popular belief, those early pre-social-smile grins aren’t “just gas” or “good dreams.” Do you smile when you pass gas? (OK, maybe you do but that’s more about it being hilarious.) In truth, there’s no scientific correlation between the digestive system and smiling. And while spontaneous smiles are more common during deep sleep, there’s no way to know for sure what baby is dreaming. These stories persist for the same reason most old wives’ tales hang around -- because we keep telling them.

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