is necessary in order to promote regulation of emotions.
Permit your infant her full range of emotions, being
aware that crying may indicate an emotion rather than a
call for help. Such a cry does not have to be
immediately soothed, but bonding is encouraged if you
remain with your infant while she is distressed. Your
presence validates her feelings.
the primary caregiver should feed the baby. Hold, rock,
and carry the baby often, maintaining good eye contact
while singing or talking to her. No one other than the
primary caregiver should hold the baby for more than a
half hour a day.
regression is possible at this age. Don?t be frightened
by it. Permitting some regression and interacting with
your baby at a younger level might help fill in some
earlier gaps in the process of bonding. If your baby
attempts to soother herself, imitate her behaviors and
add your own.
you are adopting a baby at this age, learn as much as
you can about her previous placements and transfer as
much of her earlier environment to your own home as
possible. If your baby had attached to a previous
caregiver, anticipate and allow a grief reaction, a cry
unlike her other cries. Provide physical comfort, but
realize that your efforts may not succeed in consoling
the baby. Remain with her so that her grief can become a
part of her relationship with you, as this will promote
attachment and bonding.
received in part from experience, observation, and other
texts, but also from: