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    Default What is attachment Parenting and Natural Parenting

    Hi,

    I'm not being funny or anything... I just wanted to get an understanding from personal experiences as to what exactly "attachment parenting" and "natural parenting" is?

    Thanks in advance from a curious mummy.

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    Default What is attachment Parenting and Natural Parenting

    I'm no expert, but I think it's parenting in a way that comes/feels naturally to you. So if it feels right to bed share, then do that, if you feel bub should be worn 24/7, then do that. There's no rules, you just do what comes naturally

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    Default What is attachment Parenting and Natural Parenting

    Ok... So on that *if* those things *don't* feel natural to you then that's natural parenting too?

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    Default What is attachment Parenting and Natural Parenting

    I think so!

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    Default What is attachment Parenting and Natural Parenting

    Basically no cry it out, no sleep training, baby directed routines (demand feeding), co- sleeping etc.

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    Default What is attachment Parenting and Natural Parenting

    http://www.attachmentparentingaustra...ment_parenting

    This is a great web site which explains it all

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    to me it's about following the CHILD'S lead, so it's about doing what comes naturally for the child. It's not about babywearing, if your baby doesn't like being worn, for example. I followed my son's lead for the most part. I didn't let him cry it out, I let him demand feed (although he wasn't very demanding and was quite happy to go without so I did make sure he fed at least 3-4 hourly in the beginning) and he decided when he stopped BFing (at 12 months- again, not really a booby boy). He could take or leave being carried/worn, so he was sometimes in the pram sometimes in the carrier. He hated co-sleeping so slept in hs own cot. He thrives on routine so that's what we did.

    Lots of people get confused about AP, i think. I remember someone on here talking about how they tried to co-sleep and rock their baby to sleep for ages, and they were having so many sleep problems. Turns out all he wanted was to go to sleep on his own. I guess it's called natural parenting because in most ways, we all do it- trial and error till we find what it is that OUR baby needs. But as missie-mack said, there are certainly things that are *not* natural/attachment parenting, such as really strict sleep training. That's not going with what your baby needs, but "training" them to behave differently than they would naturally.

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    Default Re: What is attachment Parenting and Natural Parenting

    I see it as giving the child their own voice. They won't always get their own way, but if a child is in pain and indicates they want cuddles, you find a way to do it. If they want to be left alone, you do that. My son mostly sleeps in his own full single bed and has done since before his first birthday, but still consider myself an aper

    If a child is angry you find out why rather than just being reactive. Etc etc

    It does not mean no discipline, that you have no authority. It also means your child is not considered your minion. They are a family member with an important role and voice

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    Quote Originally Posted by Izy View Post
    I see it as giving the child their own voice. They won't always get their own way, but if a child is in pain and indicates they want cuddles, you find a way to do it. If they want to be left alone, you do that. My son mostly sleeps in his own full single bed and has done since before his first birthday, but still consider myself an aper

    If a child is angry you find out why rather than just being reactive. Etc etc

    It does not mean no discipline, that you have no authority. It also means your child is not considered your minion. They are a family member with an important role and voice

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    I guess the way I parent I see as NP or AP. I tell my DP that the kids are allow to feel emotion AND allowed to show it to us. He gets angry/snappy at the boys when they get angry or sad about something thats important to them. i have to tell him to take a step back because Im raising them to know they are allowed to show us and tell us that they are angry or sad or whatever. I dont want them (especially being boys) thinking its not ok to cry or get angry. They are going through a stage where they say "I dont love you any more" and DP snaps at them because of it. I tell him "No, thats fine. He can say that but he still isnt geting/doing xyz" and the same if just say they want to play xbox or eat chocolate when they arent allowed to. They might cry or get angry and thats ok, they can and they can show us, but it doesnt mean Im going to give in and allow it.

    I give my two year old the choice of using a pram or walking because he likes both, my DP doesnt allow co sleeping so once we moved in this house it was a 'only if they are sick' rule. Which is fine because I still get my baby cuddles in bed during the day sometimes lol

    But yea I dont know where im going with this

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    Hi! I have just started a social group called Bayside Attachment Parenting for Brisbane parents who use any degree of Attachment/Natural/Intuitive/Alternative parenting techniques, and would like to meet regularly with a group of non-judgemental, like-minded people. Please join the facebook group 'Bayside Attachment Parenting' or email me at baysideattachmentparenting 'at' gmail.com


 

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