Why bonding time is important

Spending quality time with continuous love and safety is important for your child’s emotional wellbeing and overall development.

Bonding with your baby helps them feel secure and understand they are cared for, reducing the level of stress they experience. Giving attention, physical reassurance and using the sound of your voice can make your baby feel calm and protected, and stimulate brain development.


Positive bonding time

From day one, babies are primed for learning, and will develop their social, emotional and communication skills through their interactions with you and other close family members.

As your child grows, they will turn to you for support, information and emotional needs. Making time to play, read, talk and listen to your child can be important bonding time. By showing your interest in them, you can help your child feel important and develop self-esteem and confidence.

As a parent, you are the first teacher for your child and they will learn about relationships and social interactions through their experiences with you. When you spend quality time with your child, you are teaching them they are valued, and how to value others.

A child who feels confident and safe, and has emotional understanding and social skills, will adapt well to new environments.

Image Baby smiles while being held after their nappy has been changed

Published — 22 September 2016 Last updated — 02 November 2016

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