By Sherri Kuhn at AllParenting.com
Attachment parenting seems to be on everyone’s radar lately, but it’s not a new idea. The basic concepts behind attachment parenting have been around for centuries in traditional cultures. So what is it all about and what celebs are on board? Keep reading to find out the basics.
When you hear the phrase attachment parenting, what comes to mind first? Many people immediately picture mothers breastfeeding 5-year-olds or families who all share the same bed. And while some families do that, it’s not the whole story. The central focus of this parenting style — developed by pediatrician William Sears, M.D. –emphasizes the importance of the connection between parent and child, and being attuned and sensitive to the individual needs of your baby.
There are seven basic attachment tools – referred to as the Baby B’s — that may be used together or individually in whatever way works best for each individual family. These tools are birth bonding and breastfeeding, the use of babywearing, bed sharing (sometimes referred to as co-sleeping), belief in your baby’s cries, beware of baby trainers, and balance and boundaries. While the focus is primarily on the mother-infant relationship, bonding with dad is also an important part of attachment parenting.
Singer Alanis Morissette is a big advocate of attachment parenting, recently stating in an interview on Good Morning America that she plans to breastfeed her 17-month-old son Ever until he decides to stop — even if he’s six-years-old. She also rarely left the house until her son was 6-months-old, and hardly ever let him cry.
Actress Mayim Bialik, former star of “Blossom” who now appears in CBS’s “Big Bang Theory” also practices this style of parenting. She has written a book about attachment parenting called “Beyond the Sling.” She felt that natural, child-led approach advocated by Dr. Sears not only felt right emotionally, but also made sense intellectually and instinctually.
Attachment parenting may not be the best style for everyone, but some of the tools may be helpful for anyone who is raising a baby.
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