10 Ways to Form Secure Attachment With Your Baby

I just wrote a post about the importance of forming a secure attachment with your baby. Here are ten ways you can make sure that you are putting your baby on the path towards independence and self-discipline:

  1. Don't ignore your baby's cries. Respond to her cries of distress by trying to figure out what is wrong and soothing her.
  2. If you feel angry or upset at your baby, give her to another trusted adult or put her in a safe basinet or crib and walk into another room for a couple minutes to take some deep breaths
  3. Hold your baby while you are feeding her.
  4. Play with your baby and give her age-appropriate toys.
  5. Sing, talk, and read to your baby.
  6. Learn about your baby's physical growth and development.
  7. Hold or "wear" your baby in a carrier or sling when it makes sense.
  8. Childproof your home.
  9. Limit the amount of time your baby spends in front of a TV or other electronic screen (aim for no time at all!).
  10. Try giving your baby a massage when she is quiet and alert.