Children who have experienced secure attachments during infancy are more likely to develop healthy friendships later in childhood. (Groh AM, Fearon RP, et al. The significance of attachment security for children’s social competence with peers: a meta-analytic study. Attachment and Human Development. 2014; 16(2):103-136.)
Since they have learned to trust you and communicate with you, they will be able to trust and communicate with others as they grow. So the best foundation parents can provide their infants is to help them develop strong emotional attachments early in life. Here are just a few ways that help infants bond with their parents – most will probably come naturally to you as you enjoy your baby.
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