Secure Relationships with your Baby

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Creating a secure and loving relationship with your baby helps their brain develop.

 Respond to Baby

  • Respond to your baby every time they cry as they are learning how to deal with stress and eventually learn to soothe themselves.
  • Responding in a consistent manner helps them learn that they can depend on their caregiver and helps to build a healthy attachment.
  • The only form of communication a child has at an early age is to cry.

 Breastfeeding/feeding

  • Close contact allows parent/caregiver and baby to begin to get to know each other and build a relationship.

 Reading/talking

  • Talking and reading with your baby builds healthy relationships.
  • Reading teaches a baby about communication, introduces concepts such as stories, numbers, letters, colors, and shapes in a fun way. It also builds listening, memory, vocabulary skills, and gives babies information about the world around them.

 Comfort and Empathy

  • There are three kinds of situations during which it is especially important for a parent/caregiver to comfort a child: when they are hurt, upset or sick.
  • Showing empathy helps babies feel loved, safe, and secure.              

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