If you treat your child with compassion and respect, you may appreciate attachment parenting values. Consider these core components to determine if this hands-on parenting style is for you.
- Step 1: Take a non-violent approach to disciplining your child. Opt for time-outs and calm discussions over yelling and spanking. Focus on rewarding good behavior and redirecting undesirable behavior.
- Step 2: Allow the child to sleep with you in your bed or in the same room. Bed-sharing, or "co-sleeping," is a main aspect of attachment parenting. You are free, however, to take what works for your family from this parenting style and leave the rest.
- FACT: In 2009, the mean number of children per household was 1.9, fewer than two children per family with children under 18 years old.
- TIP: Do not let your baby "cry it out," even when they are supposed to be sleeping. Attachment parenting philosophy asserts that this is cruel to the child.
- Step 3: Act in a calm, sensitive, and reassuring manner when your baby is upset. Babies cannot regulate their emotions or realize that they are overreacting. Soothe them to help them learn to regulate their emotions.
- TIP: Meet your child's need for continuous physical contact by wearing your baby in a baby sling or carrier.
- Step 4: Watch for feeding cues and breast-feed your infant on demand. If breast-feeding is not possible, hold, stroke, and talk to your baby while bottle feeding.
- Step 5: Allow your baby to stay physically close to you as often as possible. Snuggle with your baby frequently, sit on the floor with them while they play, and have them follow you while you do chores. Offer lots of affection.