What exactly is Attachment Parenting?
To my friend attachment parenting is where you breast feed your kid till 5 years old and they sleep in your bed till they are 11 and are completely dependent on you for the rest of their lives.
To me AP is all about making your kids know you will always be there for them and that they are safe to explore the world, it makes them feel loved and safe and independent.
Attachment parenting focuses on the nurturing connection that parents can develop with their children. That nurturing connection is viewed as the ideal way to raise secure, independent, and empathetic children. Proponents of this parenting philosophy include the well-known pediatrician William Sears, MD. They make the case that a secure, trusting attachment to parents during childhood forms the basis for secure relationships and independence as adults.
According to WebMD
What I do as a semi-crunchy AP mom:
- I made baby food for Ariel while she was on a gluten free diet.
- I baby wore both of my kids, especially Ariel since she was a preemie.
- I co-sleep, working on getting them in their beds ... again.
- I let them run around, climb things, in appropriate settings of course.
- I let them do things for themselves. Even when I stand off cringing.
- I ask what they want to eat and when they are hungry.
What this does for them:
- Let's them know I am here for them.
- Teaches them independence.
- Teaches them to evaluate risks.
- Teaches them to eat when they are hungry.
- Lets them develop their own taste.