Trust is something that infants rely on parents to help them learn. Responding to their needs in a gentle, soothing and timely manner helps infants develop that trust. Young babies cannot be spoiled by being held and cuddled. When our response to a baby is quick and loving, it helps the baby learn that their needs will be met in a timely fashion. The baby will be soothed and content. The infant will know to trust and feel more secure. A baby that feels secure is a happier baby.
Crying is the only form of communication a young baby knows. They cry when they are hungry, wet, ill, or frustrated. Parents soon become attuned to what type of "cry" their baby has and how to respond. Once the baby is a few weeks old, they will begin to respond with smiles and coos to the attention they receive.
Babies learn from every experience, whether positive or otherwise. So when a baby feels secure emotionally it helps in all areas of development--cognitively, emotionally, socially. Well-loved babies also have better brain development, since there is a definite correlation between loving touch and brain growth.
If you do have any worries about your child’s development, contact your Intermediate School District (ISD). They have early childhood experts on staff that can assess your child and address any concerns you may have. In Manistee County the phone number for the local ISD is 231-723-6205.
Being secure as an infant and knowing needs will be met leads to a happier, healthier child. Cuddle and snuggle your baby and know that you are providing essential support in their healthy development