Responsive relationships help build positive attachments that support your baby’s healthy social and emotional development. These relationships form the foundation of good mental health for infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers.
An infant’s world is usually pretty small. Infants grow up among family, friends and community. They learn about themselves and the world around them through the relationships they have with the people in their lives. Babies who are made to feel loved and cherished learn that they are lovable. They then grow up feeling good about themselves and develop friendships more easily. You cannot spoil your baby by responding to their needs. By responding to their needs your baby will become more confident and independent in later years.
Stress is something as adults we come to accept and manage. Babies and young children are unable to recognise and cope with situations that cause stress in their lives. Instead, they can show their stress and anxiety in physical and emotional outbursts.