Attachment Parenting is a parenting style. It is not a set of rules. The way families practice AP might look different. Bottom-line: AP is about connection. It is about staying close to your child emotionally and physically. It is about responding to the unique needs of your little one. Dr. Sears defines AP by 7 tools that may (or may not) be used:
- Birth Bonding
- Bedding close to baby
- Belief in the language of your baby’s cry
- Beware of baby trainers
- Balance (in these ideals)
The Science of Attachment by Lauren Lindsay Porter: An excellent article that translates Attachment Theory into layman’s terms. She looks at the biological research that supports AP.
The Continuum Concept by Jean Leidloff: This is the parenting book referenced by the Fockers–not sure if that helps or hurts!. It was written by a writer who lived for two years among a South American Stone Age tribe and observed parenting that radically challenges Western practices.
Dr. Sears: Yep, I’m linking to him again. He is considered by many to be the father of AP. The link takes you directly to his articles on AP. Good stuff.
Julie’s Two Cents: It just makes sense.