Chapter 8

“Feelings of security and trust emerge in infants and toddlers when they have intimate, reciprocal, continuing relationships with adults. Secure attachment bonds serve important purposes for infants and toddlers. They allow children to develop a sense that the world is a responsive place. From this orientation, they are free to venture out into the environment, exploring the world and managing the stress that exploration can produce. Attachment facilitates feelings in infants and toddlers that they can make things happen in their physical, social and emotional environments” (Albrecht and Miller, 2001).

Creating an Attachment with Your Baby

What is the Difference Between Attachment and Bonding?

Infant-Parent Attachment: Definitions, Types, Antecedents, Measurement and Outcome

Attachment: Why it is Crucial for Your Baby

Caring Relationships: The Heart of Early Brain Development

The Effects of Secure Attachment on Brain Development

Easing the Separation Process for Infants and Toddlers

Using Social Stories to Ease Children’s Transitions

Additional Websites and Videos

Attachment Parenting:

Attachment Parenting International

7 Benefits of Attachment Parenting

API: Infants and Toddlers

7 Tips for Safer Co-Sleeping

Infant Sleep Safety

What is Secure Attachment?

Additional Readings

Attachment: Why it is crucial for your baby. (April 2011). Retrieved from

Honig, A. (2002). Secure relationships: Nurturing infant/toddler attachment in early care settings. Washington, D.C.: NAEYC.