Attachment Parenting

I am a big fan of Dr William Sear’s philosophy of parenting.
Attachment parenting is a style of caring for your infant that brings out the best in the baby and the best in the parents.

According to The Baby Book by Dr William and Martha Sears, there are three goals for new parents

  • To know your child
  • To help your child feel right
  • To enjoy parenting
  • This is the concept of "attachment parenting."

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    The five tools of attachment parenting (again, according to the Sears') are:
    1. Connect with your baby early
      - Take an active role in chiild's birth
      - Read and be educated yourself
    2. Read and respond to your baby's cues immediately
      - Listen to your instincts
      - Pick up your baby when she cries without hesitation

    3. Breastfeed your baby
      - Get support
      - Hubby to be involved and supportive of breastfeeding

    4. Wear your baby
      -Carried babies cry less and develop better (see our Survival product for baby sling carrier)
    5. Share (co-)sleep with your baby
      - Try different arrangements until you find what works for you
      - Try sleeping with your baby

    Most important - get connected to your baby!! Then, do what works best for both of you and your baby.

    Fathers play very imporatnt role in attachement parenting! It is the father's job to nurture the mother so she can nurture the baby.

    Attachment parenting promotes independence. Infants who develop a secure attachment in the first year learn trust, and trust fosters independence!

    Attached parents ARE NOT:

    • Over indulgent
    • Possessive
    • Dependent
    • "Martyrs"
    • Manipulated
    • Spoiling their child

    Attached parents:

    • Are more confident
    • Are more sensitive
    • Can read their children's cues
    • Find discipline easier
    • Know their baby's preferences

    Attached parents and babies:

    • Are mutually sensitive
    • Are mutually giving
    • Mutually shape behavior
    • Have mutual trust
    • Feel connected
    • Are more flexible
    • Have more lively interactions
    • Bring out the BEST in each other!

    **Adapted from The Baby Book, by William and Martha Sears, Copyright 1993
    For more information please visit website www.askdrsears.com


    Contributed by Jenny Wee

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