Babies need a grown-up for survival, food and shelter, but also for so much more! It is essential for healthy development that babies form an attachment bond between self and mother or primary caregiver. This bond tells babies they are seen and secure.
To encourage play we have to appreciate and respect it. Before interrupting a baby – no matter how kindly and lovingly we plan to engage her – it’s best to first stop, observe, and at least wait for our baby to look towards us.
Recently in our family we’ve had a new baby. That’s brought all sorts of adjustments, of course, for my son. There are a few “playlistening” ideas that have been helpful, that others may find useful too: