Building a close bond with your child is an act which parents will always have as their number one priority. These days, parents are becoming more aware that whatever comes naturally and is intuitive, then it is the best way forward for their children. Attachment parenting is an increasingly popular practice which involves this belief and focuses on the connection between parents and children as they grow.
What Is Attachment Parenting?
Attachment parenting is an approach that focuses entirely on the nurtured connection between parents and their children. ‘Attachment’ is a scientific term that is used to define the emotional tie in a relationship. This is learned from birth and develops as the child begins to perceive new experiences. Not only is this bond important when the child is young, this can also have lasting effects in later life such as responding more positively to stress, insecurity and the ability to develop close, healthy relationships with others. The theory also suggests that those that aren’t raised within a supportive and loving environment, could result in developing mental health concerns such as anxiety and depression later in life.
Principles Of Attachment Parenting
To establish a secure attachment with a child, it relies on the parent’s ability to build trust, empathy and affection in various ways. Attachment parenting is not exclusive, but instead can work in different ways for individual relationships. This means that there is not a one size fits all approach to attachment parenting. Parents must use their own judgement to what they feel is right for their lifestyle and family needs. In order to understand more of what attachment parenting consists of, we have featured the main principles of attachment parenting based on those advised from Attachment Parenting International and from the author of the Attachment Parenting Bible William Sears. These are designed to supply an overview of each aspect of attachment parenting.
1. Pregnancy and Birth Bonding
This includes both physical and emotional preparation for the birth and journey of parenthood. A key value of attachment parenting is to remove negative thoughts about pregnancy.
Breastfeeding is considered the perfect way to develop a close attachment and it also teaches infants that parents will listen to their child’s needs. To help you make breastfeeding easier, we have a range of accessories and pillows here.
Parents should consider every expression of emotion including crying, tantrums and gestures of communication.
4. Baby Wearing
Attachment parenting involves the use of skin to skin touching to build a close bond. Ways to achieve this include joint baths or baby wearing with Mei Tai slings, wrap slings and more which are all available in our versatile range here. They provide the perfect way to carry your toddler and are comfortable to wear.
5. Night-Time Parenting
Being a parent is considered a 24 hour job and this includes night-time parenting which involves having the child sleeping in the same room as the parents with comforters, or sharing the bed with the parents with safety precautions.
6. Constant, Loving Care
Part of attachment parenting is always having a physical and emotional presence for your child. You should ensure you provide constant, loving care even when out for walks, a parent’s evening out or even during work. Check out our Out & About accessories for more child bonding ideas.
7. Positive Discipline
Parents are advised to create a solution together with their child and to become a role model of positive behaviour.
Rather than demonstrating exhaustion from parenting, parents are advised to lead a healthy lifestyle which will create a happier atmosphere at home.
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