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16th Jul 2017

If you have a really funny baby… take credit: humour is inherited

Babies learn to laugh at the same things that their mum and dad do.


If you have a delightfully funny child with a wicked sense of humour – it’s time to give yourself a pat on the back. 

That’s because a US study found that babies learn to laugh at the same things that their parents find funny and as they grow, they develop a similar taste of humour to their mum and dad.

Thirty babies were filmed watching normal and absurd events and researchers noted their reactions. The researchers then based the study on whether or not the baby looked to their parents for emotional guidance during the absurd events.

During the normal events, the parents were advised to remain calm and collected but during the absurd events researchers instructed them to laugh hysterically.

The study found that nearly all of the babies laughed just because their parents were laughing too.

However, the research found that while babies rely on their parents to decipher what is funny and what is not during the first 12 months of their lives, it was found that by their first birthday, the babies laughed at the absurd events even without their parent’s approval.

Whatever the case, a laughing baby is definitely one of life’s great pleasures. Is there any sweeter sound?!