Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Attachment Parenting | Part 1

Few years back I came across this one parenting approach & I've been reading few articles & drop by the Attachment Parenting International Website. Actually, from my opinion, most mummys & daddys in Malaysia (probably most Asian too) have already implementing this method only then it was never occurred to them this is what the Westerner called Attachment Parenting. Westeners comes to their senses & more & more are adopting this approach nowadays.

I love to share a little bit of what I know about Attachment Parenting.

Attachment parenting is a style of caring for your infant that brings out the best in the baby and the best in the parents.

7 Attachment Tools : The baby B's

1. Birth bonding - A close attachment after birth and beyond allows the natural, biological attachment-promoting behaviours of the infant and the intuitive, biological, caregiving qualities of the mother to come together. Sometimes medical complications keep you and your baby apart for a while, but then catch-up bonding is what happens, starting as soon as possible. Bonding is a series of steps in your lifelong growing together with your child.

2. Breastfeeding - Breastfeeding is an exercise in babyreading. Breastfeeding helps you read your baby's cues, her body language, which is the step in getting to know your baby. It promotes the right chemistry between mother and baby by stimulating your body to produce prolactin and oxytocin, hormones that give your mothering a boost.

3. Babywearing - Carried baby fuss less and spend more time in the state of quiet alertness, the behaviour state in which babies learn most about their environment. Babywearing improves the sensitivity of the parents and promotes familiarity.

4. Bedding close to baby - Co-sleeping adds a nighttime touch that helps busy daytime parents reconnect with their infant at night. Sleeping within close touching and nursing distance minimizes nighttime separation anxiety and helps baby learn that sleep is a pleasant state to enter and fearless state to remain in.

5. Belief in the language value of your baby's cry - A baby's cry is a signal designed for the survival of the baby and the development of the parents. Responding sensitively to your baby's cries builds trust.

6. Beware of baby trainers - Beware on those rigid and extreme parenting styles that teach you to watch a clock or a schedule instead of your baby. These more restrained styles create a distance between you and your baby and keep you from becoming an expert in your child.

7. Balance - Putting balance in your parenting is being appropriately responsive to your baby - knowing when to say "yes" and when to say "no" and having the wisdom to say "yes: to yourself when you need help.

+++++ To be continued +++++
(Excerpt from "What Attachment Parenting Is-The 7 Baby B's"

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