Stressing the need for infant-parent attachment

PSYCHOLOGISTS emphasize the need for infant-parent/caregiver attachment because it impacts the infant’s future as a toddler, a child, a teen-ager, and an adult! When an infant cries because he is hungry, afraid, or wet, somebody picks him up and gives a quick and appropriate response. Somebody cuddles him. He develops eye contact. He hears real voices and laughter. The infant learns that there is an adult who is sensitive to his needs and in whom he can depend. Psychologists say this is how an infant develops trust.

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