Bonding and attachment

Young people who have not experienced consistent or affectionate parenting in their own lives, may need support and information to understand the importance of secure attachment for babies. 

Secure attachment develops in response to consistent and sensitive love and care in the first months of the baby’s life.

It gives the child an important start to healthy social, emotional and cognitive development, building the foundation for a sense of security, safety and good coping skills.

Below are links to information that may guide you in supporting a young parent in those early days and months.

Attachment basics (including video)

Bonding (in pictures)

How bonding influences development

How to give positive attention

Smiling (for development)


Further Reading