Being an emotionally available parent ensures that your child will develop a strong attachment, compassion and a sense of well-being. Here are some ways to build a healthy attachment with your child:
Start now: There is a definite connection to own past attachment experiences and the relationship you will have with your baby. What will you do differently?
Give respect in every aspect of care: Feeding, changing, wiping his nose,etc.
Respond with sensitivity: Give words to your baby’s cry; use soothing tones when speaking to him.
Use nurturing touch: Skin-to-skin contact assists in developmental progress; be aware of touches that may be unpleasant to her.
Ensure safe sleep physically and emotionally: Let your baby know that he is safe and secure; allow opportunities for self soothing with supervision.
Provide consistent and loving care: Consistency builds trust not only in you but her ability to trust others.
Practice positive discipline: Focusing on the positive encourages movement toward desired behaviors.
Strive for balance in your personal and family life; Keep an inventory of your own mental health; be a model of self care to your child.