As a parent, it's kind of amazing how good you get an interpreting your baby's facial expressions. The flickers of joy, the "about to cry" face, the cheeky, mischievous look — you know them all. Sometimes it's pretty obvious what your baby is trying to convey, but the "scrunch face"? That is one expression that can have many meanings. If you're trying to decode the often perplexing scrunchy face, know that there are at least nine logical reasons your baby is scrunching their face.
My youngest daughter was a known scrunch-facer. She definitely had a phase where she'd squish up her face and kind of grunt and giggle, and at first I was more than a little confused. Then I realized that was just her way of getting a good laugh out of me... or really anybody in her vicinity, if I'm being honest. Many a stranger witnessed the spectacle, to say the least. She was just being a ham, and it was adorable and hilarious and in no way was it a sign that I should be worried or contact her pediatrician immediately. In fact, I would joke that she was in "gorilla mode."
But no two kids are exactly alike, and that scrunchy face can mean oh-so-many things. Below you'll find nine interpretations of the scrunchy face to help you decipher exactly what's going on when you catch a glimpse of some seriously cute resting scrunch face.