Bonding and Attachment go hand-in-hand. If you have a strong bond with your baby, it helps them to form a secure attachment to you. Bonding is about the love and attention you give your baby. While a secure attachment helps to make your baby feel secure and provides a strong foundation for their emotional development and self-esteem.
Here’s a bit more about bonding and attachment from Margaret Harris, Professor of Developmental Psychology.
Development of Attachment
Attachment is a strong emotional bond that develops between a baby and other people who play an important part in the baby's life. Attachment grows out of the baby's early interactions, many focusing around caretaking and close physical contact. Early attachments will be to members of the baby's family circle, usually the mother, father, brother and sisters and sometimes grandparents or other close relatives.