It is important to build a good emotional attachment with your baby. By the end of the first year, your baby will have developed an attachment with their parent/caregivers who have spent time loving and caring for them.
Your baby will be able to:
From birth babies communicate their needs using a variety of sounds, facial expressions, and gestures. These are called cues. Be attentive to how and when your baby is showing different cues to communicate their needs with you.
|Examples of baby cues||What your baby may be telling you|
Learn more about attachment by watching Attachment/Relationships, Healthy Baby Healthy Brain (Health Nexus).
Once you understand your baby’s cues, it is important to respond consistently, especially when they are hurt, upset or ill. This will help:
Did you know that a parent/caregiver using an electronic device is like a still face to a baby or child? Watch the Still Face experiment to learn about the importance of babies’ attachment to their parent/caregiver.
Video: Still Face Experiment, Dr. Edward Tronick
Babies are born with their own unique temperament. Temperament is a set of traits that help us see and relate to the world around us. Your temperament may be different than your baby’s. It is important to understand your baby’s temperament as it cannot be changed.
Your baby wants to explore but at the same time, they may be afraid of being left on their own. This is called separation anxiety. It is a temporary and normal stage of development starting after 6 months of age.
Follow these steps to help your baby feel secure when you leave:
Your temperament may be different than your baby’s temperament and you may have to adapt your behaviour to help your baby handle different situations.
Learn about parenting programs available in your community.