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Remember when you became a parent? When your baby was placed on your chest and you felt the warmth of your infant against your skin? You both felt love and baby felt safe and secure. Perhaps you also nursed your baby and this reaffirmed the new love and security your baby had in you. You cared about your baby, you cared about meeting their needs, and you did it in a loving manner through mutual touch. That would be an example of attachment parenting.
What Is Attachment Parenting?
Attachment parenting can be described as a solid, secure bond between parent and child. It is intuitive, natural, and hallmarked by a parent being empathetic, sensitive, and responsive to their child’s needs. It means promoting a healthy emotional relationship and a close physical bond with your child.
Attachment parenting encompasses breastfeeding, baby wearing, and co-sleeping. Keeping mother and baby close solidifies their bond.
Why Attachment Parenting?
According to Dr. Sears, attachment parenting boosts infant brain development, lowers the risk of SIDS, lowers behavioral problems, and helps the parent to better understand their child’s emotional state.
Essentially you know and understand your babies needs and how to respond to them. Your baby feels more confident and secure and knows how to give and receive love. When babies feel secure they also feel more confident branching out into the world and finding their independence. It is mutually beneficial for both parent and child.
My Experience With Attachment Parenting
With all three of my children I have practiced breastfeeding, baby wearing, and bed sharing. There have been times where I have not always enjoyed it (I’m only human), but overall if I had to do it all over again I would go the attachment parenting route. It felt the most natural to me and I always try to do best by my children. I feel like I know and understand all three of my kids fairly well and I think we have a secure bond with each other. My experience with attachment parenting has been overall positive.
If you would like to learn more about attachment parenting and it’s application check out Dr. Sears’ book on the subject.
What is your parenting style? Do you have any questions about attachment parenting?