What is Attachment Parenting?
At its most basic, Attachment Parenting is an approach that encourages a strong connection between parents and children through the use of non-violent, empathetic communication. Baby-wearing, breastfeeding and gentle bonding are all part of this broad theory… Bamboobies believes every parent knows what is best for their family and babies and supports discussions around all of these thoughts. Please share your open-minded and open-hearted thoughts and questions at the bottom.
The philosophy of Attachment Parenting has famously been embraced by Dr. William Sears. Dr. Sears’ best-known book, The Baby Book, and website (www.askdrsears.com) are outstanding resources for families that want to learn more about Attachment Parenting and how it works for families. Dr. Sears defines Attachment Parenting with the 7 Baby B’s (http://www.askdrsears.com/topics/attachment-parenting/what-ap-7-baby-bs):
- Birth Bonding
- Bedding close to Baby
- Belief in the language value of Baby’s cry
- Beware of baby trainers
This is quite a list, but don’t let it overwhelm you. So many of the points on this list go together naturally, and that is what makes the Attachment Parenting lifestyle work for many families. For example, #2,Breastfeeding, and #3, Babywearing, are absolutely complementary practices. Breastfeeding moms who wear their babies in a safe baby carrier can breastfeed while walking, talking, or playing with older children. And moms who breastfeed their babies while they are on the go are following #5, Belief in the language value of baby’s cry, by responding to baby’s cues and feeding on demand. Breastfeeding families often naturally choose to keep baby nearby for sleep (#4) simply because it is easier for mom to roll over and find baby for night time feeds rather than stumbling from room to room in the dark. And #7, Balance…. well, who isn’t continuously striving for that?
It doesn’t always work for every family to apply every one of the Baby B’s, and that is okay. Attachment Parenting is not about strict rules or judgments. Sometimes a birth doesn’t lend itself to bonding. Sometimes breastfeeding doesn’t work out. Not every parent or baby benefits from babywearing. What matters most is being responsive and approaching your child with empathy, knowing that he or she is a whole, complete human being, right from the start. When parents do that, children learn to trust their parents. When children trust their parents and know that their needs will be met, they form close connections with their parents and develop the confidence to become caring, compassionate, independent people as they grow up.
Please enjoy our Earth-Day giveaway from Boba!
A young family with two children, the Atunovics designed the original Boba wrap while traveling in eastern Europe. They started their business and now join us here in Boulder, Colorado. Their original sleepy wrap evolved to more structured carriers – and today the new Boba Air has all the function but fits in a pouch and works as a front or back carrier!
Bamboobies loves the Boba carrier because it promotes easy breastfeeding – and nursing on the go. The baby that feels most like it’s in the womb and being satisfied by being held close by mom and dad is happiest – especially if he or she can eat and stroll…. This company’s carriers promote breastfeeding and make attachment parenting easier – and anything that makes parenting easier is something we support.
Robert and Elizabeth, Julie and Bethany and other staffers from Boba joined Bamboobies in sponsoring the Great Cloth Diaper Change this weekend and we’re proud to call them Boulder Colorado friends!
Boba designs thoughtfully crafted products for active parents who want the time and freedom to create a real and caring bond with their child, while living life to the fullest. Boba and Bamboobies believe in attachment parenting, bonding and living life as a close family.