What is attachment parenting?
One key component to understanding attachment parenting is looking at 8 principals of parenting as identified by Attachment Parenting International http://www.attachmentparenting.org/. There are several ways to express attachment parenting. According to Attachment Parenting International (AIP), attachment parenting is “about forming and nurturing strong connections between parents and their children.” Listed below are some of them.
Attachment parenting techniques:
First, AIP identifies to prepare for your pregnancy both emotionally and physically. One can become informed about the process of pregnancy as well as the developmental years. One can prepare by processing expectations while demonstrating flexibility.
Another way described is by breast feeding or nursing with use of a bottle. One anonymous New Yorker who was interviewed for this article expressed, “You carry your baby for 9 months and that connection is made in the womb first. But then when you hear your baby crying in the next room, your breast milk starts to come out! You start to understand instinctively whether it is a cry for food versus a diaper change.”
A third significant component to attachment parenting is skin-on-skin contact which can facilitate stimulation, movement, and prompt formulation of secure attachment.
Fourth, in order to nurture the relationship for secure attachment, they discuss being in your infant’s presence with care and responsiveness on a consistent basis. Presence of the caregiver calms the child down and helps the infant cope with stress.
Fifth, avoid reacting to the child’s behaviors and instead try to understand what your infant is trying to communicate to you. By practicing compassionate discipline a child can develop an inner ability to discipline as well.
Why attachment parenting is significant…
According to Alan Shore, well-known researcher, it is the relations between mother and infant that facilitate attachment. This remains pertinent during the first and second years or life. If there is a mutually satisfying relationship then the visual and auditory signals between the two signify excitement and enjoyment for both. It is the right cortex of the infant’s brain (right orbital, pre-frontal cortex, to be more specific) that is developing with this kind of emotional stimulation, in a healthy way.