Secure Relationships with your Baby
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.
- Close contact allows parent/caregiver and baby to begin to get to know each other and build a relationship.
- 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.