Attachment Parenting and How to Practice It Safely

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There are plenty of parenting styles and philosophies and finding the right one for you is most important. Attachment parenting is a philosophy that many parents take ideas from. It’s the general idea that a mother and child should stay physically close at all times, whether that be touching or within reach. For many, probably including you, this seems like common sense, but being committed to attachment parenting can be more difficult than people originally think.

For some parents it’s less of a choice and more of a necessity. Every child is different, and some simply need more attention than others to function. Some babies can be strapped into a rocker and will instantly pass out, while others will start to whine if you so much as leave their sight. Obviously, these are all things that you learn as your infant grows. No child is the same, and they’re always growing and learning. Some parents have started less attached and suddenly become full users of the attachment parenting lifestyle simply because the baby learned it got what it wanted if it cried more often. Kids can be tough.

Sleeping Arrangements

One of the most heavily debated facets of attachment parenting is having the baby sleep close to mum. If you’ve done any research or talked to almost any mother, you know that even the idea of sleeping next to a baby is a scary idea because of S.I.D.S (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). But with new technologies and research, many of those fears are no longer an issue. New developments in co-sleep beds are actually a great help to many mothers with fussy or overactive infants. Having a hand on the baby while they sleep (and while you sleep) is a great way to help the child fall asleep and stay asleep. One mother who used attachment parenting even started her own blog about her experience and the research she did on the way, and sites like provide a great resource for new parents of even second or third time parents looking to try something new.

Co-sleeping arrangements have had lots of studies done on them, as well as the alternative, which is usually sleep training. Co-sleeping is said to support mother and child attachment, as well as help to prevent separation anxiety. However, many people are easily dissuaded from its perks because they don’t know how it works or the best way to do it – they just hear the negative press. But with new technologies like co-sleeper cribs, the dangers of co-sleeping have been eliminated while it’s perks are enhanced.

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