What's the Buzz?
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