You smile. Your baby smiles back. And so begins an interactive game with huge benefits. Psychologists call it “interaction synchrony,” but you’ll just call it love.
When you play this game together, watch for signs that baby’s done—like turning her head or breaking eye contact. When that happens, stop and wait until your baby re-establishes communication. Social interactions can quickly exhaust your baby—they take a lot of brainpower! That’s why it’s important to have both stimulation and withdrawal.
What’s the point?
Back-and-forth interaction helps establish trust, leading to what’s known as “secure attachment.” It’s also great practice for understanding and responding to your baby’s communications. And here’s something amazing: when done regularly, these interactions are so powerful that you might find your heart beating in sync with your child’s. Could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship …
Article content is based on research by Dr. John Medina. Dr. John Medina is a developmental molecular biologist and research consultant. He is an affiliate Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Washington School of Medicine and author of the best sellers, Brain Rules and Brain Rules for Baby.