A brief overview of the Attachment Parenting philosophy:
First and foremost, there are no set ‘rules’ for attachment parenting. Parents may choose to follow all or just some of the basic practices. The most important aspect of this approach is that the child and parent develop and nurture a strong connection, by understanding your child’s physical and emotional needs and responding to those needs in a sensitive manner.
Dr. William Sears and his wife Martha (who both conceived the term ‘Attachment Parenting') state that AP is “a style of caring for your infant that brings out the best in the baby and the best in the parents”. It promotes physical and emotional closeness between the parent and child through what Sears refers to as the "7 Baby Bs.": Bonding, Breastfeeding, Babywearing, Bedsharing/Bedding close to baby, Belief in the language value of your baby's cry, Beware of Baby trainers and Balance. Click for more information on the Baby B's. Attachment Parenting has both short and long term benefits, and I hope to provide some interesting articles and studies on this topic to this section. But for now, here are some useful links:
Attachment Parenting Australia
Attachment Parenting International
Ask Dr Sears
Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA)
Breastfeeding and attachment parenting twins
Babywearing: the why, where and how.
Co-sleeping: another way to promote infant health
Ten reasons to sleep next to your child at night
Safe co-sleeping habits
Health Professionals in support of AP:
Dr Sarah Buckley
Dr Jay Gordon
Dr Susan Markel
Feel free to add more
The science of attachment: the biological roots of love
Natural Parenting - back to basics in infant care
Attachment Parenting and Autism
Emotions are not bad behaviour
AP from a Premmie Mum's perspective
"Developing an appreciation for bottlefeeding"- Breastfeeding is not always an option, however it's still possible to practice AP and bottlefeed. This is an article about a woman's journey bottle feeding whilst practicing AP
A Michigan foster family embrace AP
Attachment Parenting Twins - Is this possible?
There is no Doctrine for Attachment Parenting: Being AP is a frame of mind!
Finding an AP friendly care-giver
It's not always ideal for parents to cease work completely, however there are ways to ensure that your child is looked after in accordance with the AP principles.