You can help create and strengthen the emotional bond with your baby
Making frequent eye contact, such as during
feeding times. Young babies love to look at your face and eyes. Cuddling your
baby in the crook of your arm is about the perfect distance for your baby to
see you well.
Smiling, talking, nodding, and singing to your
Responding promptly to crying. Your baby will learn to trust
that when he or she is in need, you will consistently come to give comfort.
Gently rocking your baby, using a soft, soothing voice.
Babies develop a strong emotional attachment to parents who
consistently provide loving, interactive attention and comfort. This emotional
bond is critical for your baby so that he or she has a strong foundation on
which to build positive relationships in the future.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD - Pediatrics Thomas M. Bailey, MD - Family Medicine Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerLouis Pellegrino, MD - Developmental Pediatrics