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Monday, March 12, 2012

4 foolproof ways to make your baby laugh


What are your tried-and-true ways to make a baby laugh? What always works? Toby and I made a video about four things that crack him up. We hope you like it!

"When a new baby laughs for the first time a new fairy is born, and since there are always new babies, there are always new fairies." -- Peter Pan

Prat falls (aka pretending to trip) always seem to make babies laugh. The parenting book The Happiest Toddler on the Block explained that apparently babies love it because someone else finally looks like the idiot. Babies are always the shortest, slowest and clumsiest people in the room, so they love to feel like the smart one, for once. How cute is that?!

The video was kindly sponsored by mOmma, a brand of beautifully modern children's mealtime products, designed in Switzerland and made in Italy. Toby has used their sippy cup for the past six months (ever since he transitioned from his bottle), and it's the best sippy cup we've tried, hands down. It doesn't leak, is easy to use, is aesthetically pleasing, and can double as a ball to roll around while he's waiting for dinner. I've recommended it over and over to friends. So, I was thrilled when mOmma wanted to work together.

Plus, a giveaway: mOmma is also giving FIVE lucky winners FULL sets of all their products, including a diaper bag. For a chance to win, please visit the mOmma website and leave a comment below. (Also consider visiting them on Facebook or Twitter, and you can buy them here and find deals here). Five winners will be selected at random tomorrow. Good luck! Update: Our winners are Melisa R., Jenna K., Seana, Catherine A., Samantha S. Thanks for playing. xo
(Video sponsored by mOmma; video directed by my friend Steve Pappin "Son of Shark Pig," thanks to Elizabeth for letting us use her house (and for doing prat falls!); song by Elizabeth Mitchell; my beloved pink jeans are from J.Crew)

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kimalli1 said...

Thanks for the opportunity! These look awesome.

Lisa K. said...

I would love these for my little one!

Lisa

Anne said...

This is the sweetest video I've seen in a long time!

Ashley C. Ford said...

I'm a nanny, and I love making my kids laugh! My favorite thing to do is either "tummy farts" or doing a crazy dance. The baby I watch LOVES dancing.

Big smiles for him and GREAT exercise for me.

Everybody wins!

jenni said...

Such a sweet video!!! I posted a video of my 10 month old laughing at his toy today!! I have watched it about a million times. Babies laughing...the best!!!!

Liz said...

These look great! We are having our 1st child in early September and I know these would be very helpful:). Love your blog as well!

Erica Gallagher said...

I would love to give these to a friend who is pregnant!

anilia said...

I tickle my son to make him laugh when I am angry at him. It is like an instant reset button every time.

The Daily Batch said...

Super cute stuff from mOmma - perfect for a super cool baby :)

Melanie said...

I have been on a quest to find a cup for my daughter that wont leak and looks good...Looks like I have finally found one we will both love :)

nicole said...

This is soooo precious! Apparently the No. 1 way to make me laugh is hearing Toby laugh, ha! Such a cute video - love the song, too; it's perfect.

Similar to the "tickle monster," I do "tickle bugs" ... basically your fingers become tiny caterpillars, crawling up and tickling them.

Thanks for the chance to win stuff from the mOmma shop! I would give the items to my best friend who's expecting her first child in September. Great giveaway; thanks again! xo.

nicole.boddington@gmail.com

Kelly Utah said...

Love this giveaway! It's amazing all of the innovative new baby products that have come out since my first baby was born.

irati_e said...

Yes, adults tripping always works!

Ashley@MarriedLane said...

Love mOmma! What a great giveaway!:)

Urban Wife said...

What a sweet video of your babe! Thanks for the chance to win.

vanessa (the gal) said...

he is SO fricken CUTE!!!!!!!
great video!

xo's, vanessa (the gal)

http://fashiongalfireman.blogspot.com/

Robin said...

Wow! These look like great, practical products.

joanna4986 said...

These are so cute!

Kersey Campbell said...

Adorable and hilarious video!

P.S. Hot pants, Joanna!

Vaea said...

Great giveaway..would love it for my little man.

Caitlin said...

Toby's laugh is amazing! That breathless baby giggle slays me every time.

Patty [PRETTYGROUNDED] said...

aww thanks for much for sharing :) Toby is a dream.

<a href="http://www.prettygrounded.com>PrettyGrounded.com</a>

Heather and Jake said...

The design is awesome! I would love to use these for my little one!

lawtrix said...

These look great - something to add to the registry.

stephschneider said...

all of my friends babies are about to turn 1 this year, this would make a perfect gift. I love the designs too.

SRBratton said...

I am buying this cup immediately! My 13 month-old son loves using his sippy cup - and loves dumping out the contents of said cup even more! These products look fantastic - your recommendations are always the best.

Anonymous said...

love the look of these!
nicolezacharias@hotmail.com

Lori from a Family's Life said...

There's no sound more beautiful than of a child laughing!

og said...

Baby laughter is THE Best. I can make my guys laugh by singing silly songs. However it's not that hard. I've make them laugh just by scratching the side of their netted playpens. It makes a funny sound I guess!
I like the idea of pretending to trip.

Great products and videos!

Lori from a Family's Life said...

There's no sound more beautiful than of a child laughing!

lins said...

two of my friends just had babies this past week! would love to share with them :)

Claire said...

This company looks great! And what a cute video you made! :)

Helen said...

What a sweet little video! I hadn't heard of Momma before but what great products they have. We have a little one on the way so this would be perfect for us!

Roadsy said...

What a great giveaway! I'm a mom-to-be and love baby gear recommendations. I usually resort to face-making and sound effects to get a laugh from the babes.

Hannah said...

cutest video ever. :)

Nell said...

i have been looking a the perfect sippy cups!

Katie (katie.f.mccauley@gmail.com) said...

What a great giveaway!

Stephanie said...

Very cool products.

Anonymous said...

omg video made my day, so so adorable <3

logan said...

what a great video! Love this!

Never heard of MOmma before, so thank you for telling us about them. Looks like they have great products for our newest arrival in July.

Colleen said...

My daughter is starting to transition out of a bottle now and we'd love to try some of the mOmma products! Fingers crossed :)

L Schelvan said...

Such a sweet video. I need to do the same with my 11-mo old. His most sure-fire laugh-instigator: his older sister. She only has to step into the room and he lights up.
What cool baby stuff, too!

Etheline said...

Haha, cute video! Thanks for the cool giveaway opportunity!

Lara said...

LOVE the video. Capturing these moments is priceless.

Mollie D said...

My husband 'hurts' himself all the time for my son and he finds it HILARIOUS. I usually can get him by peeking around a corner and making a funny face or playing hide and go seek

Rachel said...

Love the design of these products!

Deanna (Silly Goose Farm) said...

The "ZING!" game is big in my house (chase each other around and stick out our index finger like an electric wand, then ZING!! the other "players"). And let's not forget how endlessly hilarious it is for kids to jump on mom while she sleeps bright and early in the morning (like - 5am).

Kendall Marie said...

love these!

Rose said...

My baby is 9 months old and will be transitioning to a sippy cup soon. These look awesome!

auste said...

That's the cutest thing I've ever seen... I started welling up (pretty excited for the arrival of our little one - but Holy Hormones!)... mOmma products look amazing - I'll definitely be looking into getting some of these.

Melisa said...

These products looks awesome. My first is due in July and would love to try these out :)

Jenna said...

I had never heard of this company before but their products look great! And what a cute video :) Love the baby laugh! My 16 month old loves the upside down kisses, too :) Thanks for the giveaway!

Celia said...

I love their products! Such simple, sleek designs!

Sam {fitnessfoodandfaith.blogspot.com} said...

with a baby arriving in august, i would love to win! cute video :)

Julia said...

Great post!

Asma said...

Thank you for the giveaway! Their products look great!

: : hallie : : said...

Our 4 month old is just starting to really laugh and its awesome. We are constantly doing ridiculous things to see if it gets a laugh out of her!

These products look amazing, would love to score this giveaway!

CEB said...

Love the video- love that Peek-a-boo did nothing for him my little ones the same way! The cups look great- anyone that doesn't leak is amazing in my book!

bibby said...

What a cute video! This would be great to get for our little one coming in September! Thanks for the offer.

Parthavi said...

Those are one of the cutest baby things I've ever seen! Thanks for the giveaway!

Nicole Trimmer said...

My husband and I are expecting our first little one this September! These products would be perfect for us!! We love anything modern AND functional! Thanks for the opportunity!

Lacy Joy said...

So excited! I would love to win! Their website is awesome and my fingers are crossed:)

sarah nadine said...

i like the non-spill items ... such cute lil "objects"! with baby number one on the way, this new mOmma would put these to good use!

thanks for the opportunity!

xo

Emily said...

When my nephew was a baby (he's 5 now)I would tap dance for him. He thought it was hilarious! (I took dance classes as a child and still remember a few moves.) There is nothing like making a baby laugh!

Shannon said...

That video is absolutely adorable!

Love the look of these products - so cute and functional! What a wonderful giveaway.

Jennifer said...

Such a cute video! Toby has the sweetest giggles.

AEckstein said...

My brother and sis-in-law are having their first baby at the end of July. (I can't wait!) I would LOVE to give them this beautiful and functional gift!

shinesomelight said...

would love this stuff for baby on the way!

Joanna said...

What a sweet video! Toby's laugh is contagious :)
I would love to win this prize - I'm a soon-to-be first time mama and I'm having trouble finding baby stuff that is both practical and adult friendly (ie - looks cool) and doesn't make my baby a walking/crawling/drooling corporate advertisement...
Thanks for the opportunity to play!

emily hill said...

lovely video...you seem like such a great mama!! hope to win the cups!

EJW said...

What a great video!

Ebru said...

Love the video, the song and you two! Thanks for the opportunity to win those cute products as well...

Rachel said...

So awesome!! These products look amazing! I love the non-tipping plate! Genius!

MichelleOverby said...

Love the shape and colors! so FUN

rachelb said...

Momma's products are adorable!

Megan said...

These look like great products!

Brittany said...

Such awesome designs! I would love to be a stylish Mama walking around with one of those beautiful diaper bags. Oh, and the video is absolutely adorable. I love Toby's laugh!

Sennie said...

How adorable!!
And thanks for doing the giveaway! These would be for our next little one:)

Adrianne said...

I love these! They are the perfect blend of function and nice design, which can be so tricky to find in kids products. Thank you!

jaime said...

Cute designs! I'd love these for my little girl!

magooski said...

That vogue cup is adorable!!

Amie said...

Do you have to be mom right now to win? Cause I'm not yet, but will be soon... :)
ps. super cute video!!

Brianna Wilson said...

Toby's laugh is adorably contagious!

These mOmma products are going to be a great gift for my new nephew!

Ms. S said...

The fork and spoon look especially well-designed! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

What a DELICIOUS video to watch! Makes me wanna be mother right NOW!!!!

Suganya said...

Such a cute video! :)

The mOmma products look great. I am due in 10 weeks! EEEEEKKKKS!

Julie K. said...

mOmma's products look great--thanks for the tip and thanks for the giveaway! Anything of theirs would be great for our little one who's turning into a voracious eater!

L.L. said...

What thoughtful designs! My goodness, thank you for this give-away. :)

yours truly said...

OKAY!! This has got to be my favorite post yet. I enjoyed that adorable, happy video so much. Now, I'm going to eat up my three. Thanks Jo!

RB said...

What fabulous products! I love how everything looks a bit futuristic -- even their fork looks like it should have been on the Jetsons.

Jessica said...

These products look fantastic! And my baby is four months old, so we'll be needing these things before too long. :)

Ash said...

This video is adorable! Thanks for sharing. :)

StephV said...

The Gino, Jack and Fred teething rings are adorable. I'd love to win this stuff for when my nephew stays with me!

nicolebrown44 said...

Amazing stuff!! And there's a baby coming in April.. Couldn't be better timing ;)

etsy stalkers said...

totally need new non-spill cups. totally.

Megan said...

My baby would love these! And what a cute cideo'

Dave and Stephanie said...

i am looking for a new sippy cup for my baby. these look great!

brandi k. said...

I love the cups without handles. So cute!

Alicia said...

This is AWESOME. Oh to give this as a shower gift!!

Amy Marie said...

I love this! How fun are you and your family?!! You should make more videos!

Sarah R. said...

The sippy cups are so cute!

Samantha D said...

This would be Great! I would love to have this for my little one.

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Mel & Liza said...

What a sweet video and all the products are so good looking!!!

SamANTHA1983 said...

Oh my gosh, I hope I win! What a great product!

Jill Turner said...

This video is so adorable and I would love to win this giveaway for my favorite baby. XO Jill

Summer said...

Great products.

Utxmom@aol.com said...

Love the sippy cup! Jenny

Brenda said...

Adorable video! I've never tried the falling down "thing"...I will give that a try today.

My son Sam is a giggler...he loves when we tickel him (inner thigh always does the trick) AND when we fake that his feet smell and say "PeeeeeeeYOUuuuuu" he gets a kick out of that.

Terrible as it is, I can't brake him on the night time bottle (he'll be 2 in May). Fault of mine probably as i use it as a crutch pos. too. Would love to try this sippy cup and other products. xoxo

Unknown said...

Love the straw sippy cup!

Aileen said...

the cup alone is pretty awesome...maybe this will get my 15month year old to give sippy cups a try!
really really sweet video - brought tears to my eyes!
Thank you!

Laurie said...

I love that mOmma Egg. I think it is brilliant.

Nat P said...

Love the sleek designs and bright colours of the products!

Fancy Pants said...

I love that its sleek and modern but still colorful. Yes please!!

NPS said...

these look so cool!

Nicole said...

I can't get over how unbelievably precious his laugh is! I could listen to that all day... (And I have serious jean envy, too. You prove that the spring trend is a hot one!)

Amy S said...

My 18 month old daughter still loves old fashioned peek-a-boo. My husband and I also discovered that her spine is extremely ticklish.

The sippy cups are so fantastic! I hope we win!

Sandra DK said...

OMG it cracked me up! (Not a baby though!) ;) Thanks!

Elizabeth said...

How cute is your son! And how cute are those teethers!

KriskoPop said...

Cool looking products!!! I have a baby on the way and would love these :) thx!

ErinM said...

Looks like mOmma has really great stuff!

karen said...

We are just about to transition off of bottles and on to only sippies! These look great!

Shelley said...

Ah this would be AMAZING to win!!! Fingers Crossed!

Michelle said...

mOmma products are amazing! I can't wait to get my hands on some! pick me, pick me!!!

Becker said...

This stuff looks fantastic! We're expecting our first baby in August and would LOVE to get this stuff! Thanks for sharing!

Stephanie said...

Their products are so cute! We are expecting our first this summer and would love to try these out :)

maya said...

love the designs of these

Bows and Sparrows said...

Oh, my goodness! Their products are so awesome...especially the style bag!! Want.

pws said...

these are beautiful products!! i'd love to have a set for my baby girl :)

Erin M. said...

We are in the market for some sippy cups as my 10 month old needs to learn them
(and soon!). Thanks for the giveaway. I always look forward to Motherhood Mondays as I'm in the trenches of motherhood these days.

Sarah said...

These look great!!

jen * said...

toby is adorable! i would love to win these :)

Alli said...

These products look great!

christiana claudia said...

Wow, these are amazing! Although I do not have kids myself, they are the perfect baby gift! Thank you for a wonderful giveaway!

Winyan said...

so cute!

LeahJill said...

LOVED that video - Toby is adorable and baby giggles are the best!! We are transitioning from a bottle to a sippy cup this month and I'm nervous ... maybe mOmma will help!

Jessica Catherine L. said...

such a cute video! such unique products! love love love.

Shauna said...

Great giveaway! Thanks.

Erin said...

We are having our first child (a boy!) in June (crossing my fingers for May!:) I would LOVE to win this!

Nancy said...

My kitchen cabinet is a wasteland of tried-and-rejected sippie cups. I'm starting to think the perfect sippie cup does not exist, but I would love to be proven wrong by these adorable cups! Also, I would be in pockets heaven with that Style bag. Love it!

leathergal said...

What a cute video:) Rad giveaway! eriannejoy@yahoo.com

marie-annick said...

just in time for baby's first meals!
thanks!

christy s said...

These products are very stylish!

Interior Icing said...

Aww, so cute! Love your site, you really speak to Work-at-home moms like me! Keep up the amazing work!

RPopelka said...

Very cute! We're just starting solids with my daughter and would love that little egg and spoon set!

JM said...

That video made me smile! Thanks :)

Giulia said...

Adorable. But where is Toby's end credit? lol

Would love to win a set for a friend. These are really nice products.

Unknown said...

That video made my day! Less than two more months to go for our 3rd and final wee one. These would make a super handy.

Kayde said...

That video is so cute! I would just love to have such great products! Thanks for sharing.

Emily said...

Ooh, I would love some of those non-spill cups! So fun!

Sierra H. said...

Absolutely love all of their products! Thank you, Joanna!

Lucy said...

What great baby products!

Jules said...

Omg what a CUTIE Toby is. Seriously.

Thanks for the mOmma tip! I'd love to give a set to my boyfriend's sister who just had a sweet baby girl.

Shawnee said...

aww so adorable! made me smile:) the upside-down kisses is SO true! works every.single.time :) xo

bmadd said...

would love this mOmma cup! My 2 year-old loves drinking from straws, but we have yet to find one that is leak-proof! Thanks!

Corey said...

Would love these for my little guy!

Kate said...

Nothing better than baby giggles. Thanks for the chance to win!

Michelle P said...

What a great giveaway!

the lil bee said...

Ah, sippy cups...the bane of my existence! Just ordered one through Amazon. Would love to win. Thanks for the tip, Jo:) xo

Whitney D said...

Oooo... my Max would love this set as he's just become quite an eater!

moxie said...

Great sippy cups.

Callie said...

Oh I just love when baby stuff looks nice too. (and of course that it works) I'd love to win--I'd send it to my sister and brotherinlaw for their little one!

(Also, I'm a temporarily out of work attorney spending the next six months nannying on the UES in Manhattan and I loved your video--I'll be trying out all your laughing tips on the 3 month old once she's just a bit bigger and all the others on the 2 year old starting immediately.)

isabug said...

So cute!

Anonymous said...

I looooooove this line of Mommma ware...I hope I've got a shot :)

Brenna said...

Very cool. I have my first check up today with my ob. Winning actual baby products would make it all the more excited! You're little video is super cute too!!

Anonymous said...

Great stuff :) Fynnie would love these. seana30@yahoo.com

cato-wall said...

cool sippy cups! and i'm a big fan of the upside kisses. works everytime. not for me. to make babies laugh ;)

Sarah Bradley said...

These sound fantastic! Thanks so much for the opportunity!

Lauren {Stylized Existence} said...

Those are great! Would love to win this set.

LKF said...

Cute video! Thanks for the awesome giveaway! What a cool company!

Stacy said...

Great giveaway. I love the roly-poly sippy cups... Reminds me of Weebles! Remember those?!

Wendy said...

Omg - this made me verklempt.

That little laugh of his is the happiest music. :)

Megan Seper said...

They look like great products!

*E said...

Oh! I would love to win this for a good friend, soon to me Momma :-)

Elisabeth said...

I need these! Thanks so much!

CAT said...

Love it! Stylish, functional and safe for baby. Thank you!

Vang said...

The sippy cups look awesome! Thanks for introducing the products to me.

Colby and Jessica said...

I would love to win this giveaway! Pretending to drop my baby while he's still secure in my arms always makes him laugh!

Karoline said...

a sippy cup that doesn't spill even when used as a toy? yes, please! the other meal supplies also look great; I've been looking for a safe fork option -- and theirs looks perfect!

Kelli said...

So fun!

Patrick, Alysha, Silas & Pearl said...

Great giveaway! Thanks for the chance!

alicia said...

My sister is about to have her first baby, so these would be great to have around the house for visits!

alicia
aliciaisenberg@gmail.com

Hanneke @ Oh beautiful world said...

OOOh that video is just TOO CUTE!!

Al said...

I love their design. So exciting.
Thanks!!

Elisabeth said...

What a wonderful give-away. Practical and fun!

Anna S. said...

I love these sippy cups! Genius. :)

Liz said...

Toby has such a delicious laugh, thanks for sharing! And these products look pretty neat too :)

esther said...

look like such well-designed products! thanks for the giveaway!

These are my adventures. said...

Such great stuff!

april ng said...

these would be perfect for my new nephew!!

Jess said...

cutest cups ever!

Stephanie@fishwickdesign.com said...

What a generous giveaway from mOmma! I'd love to win. Our baby boy is arriving June 30th and this would really come in handy!

amy said...

how cute! one of my good friends is having her first baby in a few months and i would love to be able to give this set to her...she's not super well off financially, so i'm sure it would be a welcome gift!

twopounds said...

A sippy cup that really doesn't leak? Amazing. Love their designs.

Lacey Parr said...

What cool baby products! Thanks!

Kate said...

These look like such great products! There's nothing that makes me happier than hearing my son laugh. Best sound in the world.

Alicia Costello said...

These products look great!

newmamasarah said...

My baby would love the developmental meal set! Cute products!!

(and awesome video too)

Christa said...

Their stuff is so cute.

Kel said...

So sweet! I loved this video. Thanks for the smile this morning. :)

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