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Attachment parenting is a highly intuitive, high-touch style of parenting that encourages a strong early attachment, and advocates consistent parental responsiveness to babies' dependency needs. Rather than give parents a strict set of rules about when to breastfeed or when to respond to a cry, The Sears' approach encourages parents to learn and work with their baby's particular cues. Their book focuses on the benefits of attachment parenting for both parent and child, and explains how attachment parenting improves development, makes discipline easier, and even promotes independence. There is further information on attachment parenting for working parents and on weaning your child from attachment parenting, as well as scientific research that explains why attachment parenting works.
About the Author
William Sears, M.D., a practicing pediatrician for over 25 years, and his wife, Martha, a registered nurse, are the authors of 16 books, including The A.D.D. Book, The Discipline Book, and The Baby Book. They are featured childcare experts for Parenting.com and the parents of eight children. They currently reside in Capistrano Beach, California.
Is it OK to sleep with your newborn baby? How old is too old for breastfeeding? These questions and more are answered in this latest addition to the Sears Parenting Library. Attachment Parenting encourages early, strong, and sustained attention to the new baby's needs and this book outlines the steps that will create the most lasting bonds between parents and their children. Practical and inspirational, this book, the heart of the Sears' parenting creed, is a necessity for every new parents' bookshelf.
A great guide for parenting with love and empathy!, August 10, 2001
Reviewer: Lysa A. Parker from Nashville, TN United States
Throw out your "baby training" books! The Attachment Parenting Book offers new parents a loving alternative to advice that goes against basic human intuition. The Searses new book goes into much more depth about the philosophy of Attachment Parenting and why it is a way of life for so many families. It's more than just another childcare book. With supportive research,it clearly lays out the importance of developing a strong connection with baby and how that connection can prevent so many of the difficult problems parents and children experience in our society. Babies learn empathy, trust and affection by having their needs acknowledged and responded to in a loving way. This is a "must have" book for all new and experienced parents!
Attachement Parenting = Parenting with love - unselfishly!, March 3, 2004
Reviewer: A reader from California
I have not read this book but by reviewing it see that there is a description of my parenting method - about to have my second child, I am registering for this and many other books. I have had to battle with other parents against my methods - dropping my child off at Sunday School, I would not leave him to cry - I sat off in the corner of the class for a few weeks so he knew I was there, I would show up the next week and other parents again would say just leave him to cry, "Baby Wise" parents, I would not and had some parents mad at me for my insistance to stay with my child - now, he can't wait to get out of my arms to play and go to Sunday School or anywhere I leave him - he is very confident and happy and when I pick him up I now get remarks that he is the happiest, friendliest, most loving child... he is very emotionally stable, secure, confident, outgoing and extremely independent at 20 months old - I am an absolute advocate for Attachment Parenting!
Attachment Parenting - its only natural, February 24, 2004
Reviewer: A reader from United Kingdom
Found this book just before my baby was due and I already had ideas about how I wanted to be with my baby and could never understand how people could put their babies in cots in another room from them it never seemed natural and this was further confirmed when my baby was born. This book gave a name to something I think should be natural for most parents and the book helped reinforce that what I was doing was the best for my baby as I had suspected. It also helped me realise that peoples unhelpful comments should be ignored. The book covers various aspects of attachment parenting from co-sleeping to baby wearing. It recognises the needs of a new born baby to be with its parents but the book never preaches and contains sections which help with problem solving. Best of all the book recognises that at the end of the day, parents should do what feels right for them and that they should never make themselves unhappy if certain aspects arent right for them and recommends other solutions.
A good overview for those about to become parents, October 28, 2003
Reviewer: mommy4ever (see more about me) from Arlington, TX United States
I am the attachment parent of two children, ages 2 and 5 weeks old! I actually learned most about attachment pareting from the book "How Breastfeeding spaces babies" by sheila Kippley, and from the Le Leche Leage breastfeeding handbook. I have given copies of The Attachment parenting book to many friends who are about to have children because it is an excellent explanation of AP and gives some good guidelines without being pushy. I would recommend it to anyone who is unfamiliar with AP or who is about to have a new baby! Some reviewers have complained that it is too repetitive. I would contend that it is repetitive because it is trying to debunk the myths about child rearing that are so pervasive in our self-centered society.