Attachment Parenting International

April 5, 2008 by Kailani  
Filed under family topics

Are you an Attachment Parenting Parent? If you support baby wearing, breast feeding, co-sleeping, responding to your baby’s cries, or positive discipline, you may already be a Attachment Parenting Mama or Daddy.

When Girlie Girl was born, we tried to figure out what the best sleeping arrangement was for all concerned. At first, she slept in her crib in her own room. However, because I’m a light sleeper and a worry-wart, I didn’t get any sleep. Every sound woke me up and caused me to check on her. I was a wreck!

Then we decided to get a bassinet and place it next to our bed. It worked wonders! Whenever she stirred, all I had to do was reach over and place my hand on her tummy and she would go back to sleep. Once she got a little older, she inevitably moved into our bed. And although it did cause a few kicks to my head or sometimes being nudge off the edge of the bed, I wouldn’t have it any other way. I loved being able to watch her sleep peacefully and feel her tiny hand in mine.

I had no idea at the time that this was one of the 8 principles of Attachment Parenting and after further research, I found that I agreed and was already practicing most of these principles.

Attachment Parenting International (API), a non-profit organization that promotes parenting practices that create strong, healthy emotional bonds between children and their parents, has several exciting changes they would like to announce, including:

  • A newly redesigned web site and new logo at Attachment Parenting.org;
  • Attachment parenting worldwide support forums;
  • Parent Education Program – a comprehensive series of classes for every stage and age of child development from infancy through adulthood;
  • A new book based on API’s Eight Principles of Attachment Parenting by API co-founders Lysa Parker and Barbara Nicholson which is expected to be available this summer;
  • A series of podcasts, webinars, chats, and forums with API Advisory Board members and other supporters of AP. Future events are scheduled with Dr. Bob Sears, Dr. James McKenna, and Kathleen Kendall Tacket. Check out the events page for more information.

These are just a few of many exciting things going on at API. I hope you’ll stop by and check it out for yourself.

This is not a paid review. I just thought I’d spread the word. :-)

About the Author: Kailani:
Owner of An Island Life. A flight attendant and mother to 3 beautiful girls. . . living a blessed life in Hawaii.
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6 Responses to “Attachment Parenting International”
  1. 1
    Renee says:

    we are attachment parents too! Before DD was born I thought that I was going to have her in a bassinette near the bed. After I had her and realized how difficult it was to get her out of the bassinette in the hospital…laziness took over and she was in the bed with me.
    DH was skeptical at first but after a week he was just fine with it as he slept through the entire night without ever waking up. LOL! funny what sleep will do to convince someone.

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    Dee says:

    I guess we too are Attachment Parents. Mostly because I too was a worry wart (still am) and because it was just so much easier. Talk about attached, the 15 year old still will want to lay with mom and sit on my lap…….and the 8 year old too! Thank good ness the 20 year old isn’t as attached!
    Dee

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    Tara R says:

    I’m an AP too.

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    Cathi says:

    It’s odd but I was never able to sleep with my babies in the room with me. I awoke to every little grunt and peep. I put their cradle right outside my bedroom door with the door open. It was perfect for me to hear but to sleep also. But at the same time I remember after the first night feeding I would keep them in bed with me. It was just easier to nurse them. Our grandchildren have slept with us since they were itty bitty. They’re 7,4 & 2 and they all still start off in bed with us however I make a big comfy bed at the foot of our bed where we put them after they’re asleep. By morning everyone’s in our bed again. They do have their own bedrooms at our house too but we all prefer to be together.

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    Kelly@SHE-POWER says:

    I guess I’m an attachment parent too, though I wasn’t one to wear my son everywhere I went or anything. But I did try sleeping with him in my bed (didn’t work out because i couldn’t sleep at all) and I’ve gone through a number of different sleeping options in his lifetime – all designed to maximize my sleep while meeting his emotional needs.

    My husband even took the roll-down side off our cot and anchored it to my side of the bed so that my son had his own bed space (and I had mine) but I was right there for feeding and if he needed me. He slept like an angel.

    I have never understood how someone can let their newborn baby scream their little lungs out in an effort to “teach” them how to sleep. To me, it just goes against every maternal instinct I have.

    Plus, it is accepted medical opinion that babies take a couple of months (maybe even 3 – i forget) to realize they are not their mother, so the only thing you’re teaching them when you leave them screaming alone in a strange room is that their needs are not going to be met so they may as well give up. Doesn’t sound like motherly love to me.

    I’ll check out the site. Thanks Kailani.

    Kelly

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    Arizona says:

    Yep, APing here, too.

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