A - Z OF TOPICS - INFANT ATTACHMENT

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Attachment begins in infancy and lasts throughout a lifetime. It is an emotional bond to the primary caregivers, usually the parents, and is believed to have a tremendous impact in forming a child's personality.

Attachment is promoted when parents are available and responsive to their infant's needs, thus establishing a sense of security. The infant knows that the caregiver is dependable and consistent which creates a secure base for the child to then explore the world and to turn to when requiring comfort.

Your baby will care deeply about the people who hold him when he cries and fed him when he is hungry. He'll miss you when you leave the room, and he'll be happy when you come back.

Remember - it is impossible to "spoil" a baby with love, attention and affection. When you comfort your child, you are building a foundation of trust and affection that will last a lifetime.

Suggested reading:

"John Bowlby and Attachment Theory (Makers of Modern Psychotherapy)" [Paperback] - Jeremy Holmes.

Useful weblink:

www.psychology.sunysb.edu/attachment/online/inge_origins.pdf