PURPOSE. The purpose of this integrative review is to systematically and critically synthesize nursing scholarship on parents' perspectives of the parent–child relationship during infancy.
CONCLUSION. Research has shown that the process of establishing the parent–child relationship is highly individualized and complex. Numerous barriers and facilitators influencing this relationship have been identified that are relevant to nursing.
PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS. Nurses have an important opportunity to positively affect the developing parent–infant relationship. Screening parents for depression and providing parents with resources and support are key nursing interventions supporting the parent–infant relationship.