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Attachment Mamas

This is a group for all the proud attachment parents. The ones that sleep with their baby, carry their baby or wear them in sling, for the moms that do not practice cry-it-out, do not spank and take a loving, gentle and natural course to parenting.

Members: 39
Latest Activity: Sep 9, 2013


Not sure what this 'Attachment Parenting' thing is?
Before I gave birth to my baby girl I had never heard of Attachment Parenting. I just knew, after her birth, that the way I wanted to raise her, the way that felt natural and 'right' was not the way others were telling me to raise her. I think one day I googled 'holding your baby' or something similar and came upon a series of AP links.

A light went off, a smile came to my face. I thought, 'I am not alone. I am not wrong. There are others that think and feel as I do.' It was a big moment for me, seeing the way I felt coming out of the mouths of others.
Here are the 8 Principles of Attachment Parenting, as listed from API (Attachment Parenting International) click on them for the full explanation:

  1. Prepare for Pregnancy, Birth, and Parenting 
  2. Feed with Love and Respect 
  3. Respond with Sensitivity 
  4. Use Nurturing Touch 
  5. Ensure Safe Sleep, Physically and Emotionally 
  6. Provide Consistent and Loving Care 
  7. Practice Positive Discipline 
  8. Strive for Balance in Personal and Family Life



This is a very good link to the Attachment Parenting International Blog; API Speaks, which explains a lot more and includes informative links to articles/blogs by parents and experts alike that pratice and/or encourage APing.


Anyone else have a good link I should be posting here that explains the dynamics of APing? Send me a message on my profile (or just post it here, if you would rather) and I will put it up here!

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Comment by Sarah <3 on June 10, 2010 at 2:13am
Hi Jessica and Nya's Mom! Thank you for joining and I am following both your blogs now! I hope you enjoy the community and if you (or anyone) ever has any ideas on how they would like to enhance this com. let me know!

Take care!
S.
Comment by Jessica Bittke on June 9, 2010 at 10:42pm
Hi Ladies! I'm Jessica ~ I've been an AP mama long before I even knew what attachment parenting was! I had actually never even heard the term until about 4 years ago, at which time I was expecting my 5th child. I've always gone with my instincts and starting way back with my 1st child I had a natural birth, breastfed on demand, co-slept, responded to all her cries. It was with my 5th child that I discovered babywearing and cloth diapers and have used both ever since. Not a single person in my family agree's with my choices or parenting, and it's actually gotten so bad with some that I have had to literally just cut them out of my life.
Comment by Jessica on June 8, 2010 at 6:53pm
Hello ladies,

I am a new member to this club. I gave birth to my lovely daughter, Nya, four months ago. Like so many of you, I kind of stumbled into attachment parenting.

Despite criticisms from others around me, attachment parenting has felt the most natural to me.

You can check out my story here: http://mommyhoodnextright.blogspot.com/2010/06/stumbling-into-attac...

Please follow me at:
http://mommyhoodnextright.blogspot.com

-Jessica a.k.a Nya's mom
Comment by Sarah <3 on May 24, 2010 at 12:51pm
Need to vent? Like surveys? Opinionated much?

Hi everybody! If you have a few spare moments (I know, haha!) please fill out the official AP Mama. Sharing is caring :: 10 question survey! It would be nice to hear your opinions!
Comment by Sarah <3 on May 19, 2010 at 8:43pm
That is cool. I hope the book helps you! She also has a no-cry sleep one as well. I really like it as far as it was not judgmental and even a bit silly at times but was more my kind of book.

I am a bit upset because the other day ago I got a different book from the library that was something like 'the positive discipline guide from 1-3' I do not remember because I hated it. I thought it would be coincide my beliefs, being called 'POSITIVE discipline' but about 30 pages in it was REALLY endorsing CIO and even saying that moms that co-slept or did not practice CIO were endangering their children and creating kids that would never be independent and able to self soothe.

It went on to say that most problems of separation anxiety or 'clingy' babies/kids were caused by parents who never let their children learn to be on their own and learn methods to comfort themselves. It made me furious. I know it was only someone's viewpoints but it still bothered me and made me feel judged. I really felt like their was nothing 'positive' about this book.

I would really love to find more AP friendly books, so if anyone reading knows of any feel free to suggest! :)
Comment by Buzz Buzz Moo Moo on May 19, 2010 at 7:20pm
I've just received Elizabeth's book in the mail and am really looking forward to being able to finish the book, my darling child has decided in the past few days to have a mini tantrum and has started to cry when I leave for work...it upsets me so much but we are working through it. I'll post a full review when I am finished with the book, so excited to put her principles to practice and see how it goes.
Comment by Sarah <3 on May 11, 2010 at 12:32pm
Hi Esha,
I am really sorry you have had such bad experiences with others understanding or supporting your parenting choices. I know from personal experience that it can really wear a person down and make them question themselves. *hugs*

A great book, I just read about positive discipline was the no-cry discipline solution by Elizabeth Pantley. My daughter is only 12 months, so not at the tantrum stage yet but I can see her advice helping already with diaper changes and day to day things.

It really, rather than trying to 'conquer' your child and making them do things your way, kind of tells you how to talk to your child in their language and get things done that make you both happy, while still having fun and enjoying time spent with your children.
Comment by Alison Wright on May 11, 2010 at 7:46am
Congrats Darcel! I love new babies. :)

Hunter came into our bed last night. We have a queen and than a twin right up against it. It was so nice snuggling with both of my boys. And they are still sleeping I've had almost an hour all by myself to enjoy my coffee. I'm loving it.
Comment by Esha on May 11, 2010 at 1:56am
Hi Ladies! My name is LaMiesha but everyone calls me Esha. I'm a Mama to a 2 year old princess. I knew from the beginning that I wanted to practice AP. But no one I knew practiced this. I still feel alone sometimes. I've been criticized by my Mom and Sister for my choice in parenting. But, it works for my husband and I and we aren't changing a thing! I want to learn more about positive discipline. Especially when it comes to her having tantrums in a store!! So embarassing!
Comment by Sarah <3 on May 11, 2010 at 1:21am
Hi Darcel, thanks so much for joining!
 

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