What does good attachment look like?
Attachment comes naturally to most parents but sometimes we don't realise how important good interaction is in helping our child to understand emotions and respond to the world around them.
Tips of attachment:
- Young babies love to communicate and enjoy interacting most through eye contact, smiling, babbling and touching.
- Adults have an important part to play by watching and responding to the baby’s cues and the messages they are giving out. Simple games of smiling and ‘chatting’ are helping the baby to start to be part of a two way conversation where they can take turns and learn to watch and wait for the other person to speak.
- Breastfeeding provides the close contact and bonding opportunities that babies need and love
- Baby wearing (slings) and baby massage can provide an opportunity for parents to have skin to skin contact with their baby.
5 Steps for Brain Building - Serve and Return
Harvard University in America has been studying babies' brains for a long time and with the help of children and their families they have come up with some tips for parents to help them develop good attachment and interaction with their children: 5 Steps for Brain Building