It may seem obvious, but just like it takes time to build friendships and partnerships, it takes time to build a relationship between you and your baby. The quality of your relationship shapes the way your baby sees the world. When they laugh, cry, smile or pout, they garner a reaction from you. This simple interaction teaches them how to think, communicate, understand, show emotion and behave in the world, and how they can expect to be treated when they express themselves in various ways.
When you respond to their emotions in a warm, loving, patient way, you make your child feel secure, leading to a safe, happy relationship. This parent-child relationship gives your baby the confidence and security to one day explore the world, knowing that you’re there to support and encourage them.