What's the Buzz?

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

Parenting is packed with buzz words that come and go. Let's decipher some of them and figure out if they've got value for you!

BUZZ TERM: Attachment Parenting

WHAT IT MEANS: "Attachment parenting" emphasizes the importance of an emotional bond between infant and mother. The idea is that a healthy, secure attachment with a consistent caregiver will benefit the infant and will profoundly impact development. Practitioners believe the benefit persists beyond infancy, as the child thrives and matures with a solid sense of security and a healthy view of the world. To foster an emotional bond, attachment parents attend to baby's cries quickly and do not let baby "cry it out," and may even co-sleep with their child in a "family bed" arrangement. Breastfeeding also is crucial in attachment parenting, as it provides a unique opportunity for closeness. Physical comforting and baby wearing (in a sling or carrier) also are signatures of this parenting style.

WHERE IT COMES FROM: "The Baby Book" by Dr. William Sears and Martha Sears (1992); attachment theory in humans was heavily influenced by earlier studies of animal behavior by John Bowlby. Attachment Parenting International provides information and support at attachmentparenting.org