One common experience of many young infants is to be left in the care of others for a short time. Babysitting infants can be a breeze or a challenge, and if you have ever done so, you may recall some infants who were easier than others to babysit. One potential explanation for this is where the infant is in terms of emotional development. To understand why this might be, write a response to the following question. You should incorporate information about emotional development during infancy in your response. Your textbook would be a good resource for this task.
- For the discussion posting think first in terms of the emotional development of an infant and discuss when you think is the best time for an infant to be babysat? Please explain the reason for your answer making sure to relate this response to the information from your text.
- Consider that not everyone has the luxury of staying home with their children, and some parents choose not to for many reasons. Discuss (providing a few examples) what qualities you think are important in a childcare environment to promote healthy attachment.