This term caught my attention when I was browsing through a blog one day. When I looked it up, I realize it affirms to my goals in parenting and I was ecstatic to read further. Attachment parenting is a term coined by a pediatrician William Sears. The principles of attachment parenting aim to increase the development of a child’s secure attachment. It advocates that sensitive and emotionally available parenting helps the child to form a secure attachment style which fosters a child’s socio-emotional development and well-being.
Attachment parenting is responsive parenting and it’s 8 principles are:
- Preparation for pregnancy, birth and parenting
- Feed with love and respect
- Respond with sensitivity
- Use nurturing touch
- Ensure safe sleep, physically and emotionally
- Provide consistent loving care
- Practice positive discipline
- Strive for balance in personal and family life
Before conceiving, I was resolute on the following:
- I am going to breastfeed my baby, whatever it takes and for however long I can.
- I am going to get one of those baby-carriers instead of a stroller.
- Our baby will be sleeping with us in the same room.
My intention is to raise Svadhi to become an adult with a highly developed capacity for empathy and connection. Hence, I believe in giving an example of love and trust by breastfeeding, baby-wearing (Svadhi loves being close to me while inspecting the world around her), and co-sleeping. I take joy in responding to her needs as and when she requires it.