Bondingis vitally important in the first days, weeks, and months of life. Your infant learns to trust that his or her needs will be met by spending time bonding with parents and caregivers through touching, holding, gazing, playing, and other activities. When a baby feels secure and becomes attached to caregivers through bonding, it improves his or her development and growth in the first five years of life—and beyond.
In a word, no! For newborns, being held, like feeding, is a basic need. It is important to healthy bonding and helps your baby feel secure and safe. Every time you pick up your crying newborn, you are offering comfort that builds trust and self-confidence. This actually helps a child become more self-sufficient and less likely to be spoiled in the future. So go ahead and hold your newborn—it’s a good thing!
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