Interact with Your Baby

“Research has found that it is the quality of the infant-caregiver interaction rather than the quantity of care that establishes the health in the attachment bond. In other words, the caregiver’s sensitivity to the infant’s gestures when they are interacting is of paramount importance.” PBS’ ‘This Emotional Life’: The Building Block of Connection, Part 1. For more information, see pbs.org/thisemotionallife

Tuning in to your baby’s gestures in social interactions enhances the bonding process. Follow a little look, touch, movement or sound. These are the body language signals your baby uses to communicate her interest to interact or need to take a break. Let your baby take the lead in your social interactions. Even a two-month-old’s ability to turn her head to each side lets her regulate her excitement by turning toward or away from stimulation in social interactions.

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