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Throughout the course of this essay I am going to talk about infant attachment Infants need a lot of attention and it takes a lot to gain their trust The first few months of an infants life are the most critical If the infant does not feel comfortable then it maybe very difficult for the child to attach itself to the parent Children who are born to their mothers and are not adopted or lose their mothers at an early age have spent nine months adjusting to her rhythms sounds and smells Adoptive parents must work harder to develop a relationship with their baby as they do not have the benefit of the first nine months carrying the baby Once the baby is born and held in the mothers arms immediately it establishes a comfort zone The comfort zone is the distance the infant can travel from its parents without feeling threatened by its surroundings The comfort zone comes into play many times as the infant grows older While bonding has been useful it can also sometimes be misleading It sometimes implies that when parents did not have the opportunities for early skin-to-skin contact they could never bond with that child as well as a non-adopted child It is also said that it could leave that child with a permanent health problem The bonding concept also is misleading in that it says very early experiences are most important to the infant The time after birth is often though not always a magic moment for parents After all infants commonly are awake and alert at this time However there is no reason to believe it is a meaningful experience for the infant It is probably much later that infants can share an emotional experience with their parents Often times people confuse attachment with bonding Both attachment and bonding are a big part of a childs life to help stable them as they grow Lets take
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