Attachment Parenting

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.

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