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The Attachment Parenting Book : A Commonsense Guide to Understanding and Nurturing Your Child - William Sears

The Attachment Parenting Book

A Commonsense Guide to Understanding and Nurturing Your Child

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Published: 7th August 2001
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America's foremost baby and childcare experts, William Sears M.D. and Martha Sears, R.N., explain the benefits--to both you and your child--of connecting with your baby early.
Might you and your baby both sleep better if you shared a bed? How old is too old for breastfeeding? What is a father's role in nurturing a newborn? How does early attachment foster a child's eventual independence?
Dr. Bill and Martha Sears -- the doctor-and-nurse, husband-and-wife team who coined the term "attachment parenting" -- answer these and many more questions in this practical, inspiring guide. Attachment parenting is a style of parenting that encourages a strong early attachment, and advocates parental responsiveness to babies' dependency needs.
The Attachment Parenting Book clearly explains the six "Baby B's" that form the basis of this popular parenting style:

  • Bonding
  • Breastfeeding
  • Babywearing
  • Bedding close to baby
  • Belief in the language value of baby's cry
  • Beware of baby trainers.
Here's all the information you need to achieve your most important goals as a new parent: to know your child, to help your child feel right, and to enjoy parenting.

A Word from Dr. Bill and Marthap. ix
Becoming Attached--How to Get Therep. 1
What Is Attachment Parenting?p. 2
Seven Attachment Tools: The Baby B'sp. 3
What Attachment Feels Likep. 8
The Benefits of Attachment Parentingp. 11
AP Babies Are Smarterp. 11
AP Babies Are Healthierp. 14
AP Babies Grow Betterp. 16
AP Babies Behave Betterp. 17
AP Promotes Intimacyp. 22
AP Parents and Children Work Together Betterp. 23
AP Promotes Empathyp. 24
AP Is Contemporaryp. 25
The Payoff for Parentsp. 25
What Attachment Parenting Is Notp. 26
Clearing Up Misunderstandingsp. 26
Myths About Attachment Parentingp. 32
Bonding at Birth and Beyondp. 36
Bonding at Birthp. 36
Eight Tips for Better Bondingp. 37
Rooming-In: The Attachment Continuesp. 40
How Rooming-In Builds Attachmentp. 43
Bonding Bluesp. 45
Homecoming: Ten Tips for Staying Attached the First Monthp. 47
Breastfeedingp. 53
Breastfeeding Makes Attachment Parenting Easierp. 53
Attachment Tips for Successful Breastfeedingp. 57
The Benefits of Long-Term Breastfeedingp. 62
Beware of the Breastfeeding Schedulersp. 64
Babywearingp. 65
The Background to Babywearingp. 65
The Benefits of Babywearingp. 68
Siblings and Babywearingp. 78
Babywearing and Wearing Baby Downp. 78
Work and Wearp. 79
Babywearing for Subsp. 79
Belief in the Signal Value of a Baby's Cryp. 81
Crying Is an Attachment Toolp. 81
Should Baby Cry It Out?p. 84
Advice for Parents Whose Babies Cry a Lotp. 86
Bedding Close to Babyp. 89
Continuing Your Attachment at Nightp. 90
Our Co-Sleeping Experiencesp. 91
Why Bedding Close to Baby Worksp. 92
Sharing Sleep: How to Make It Workp. 95
Moving Out: Weaning from Nighttime Attachmentp. 97
Night Weaning from the Breast: Eleven Alternatives for the All-Night Nurserp. 98
Current Research into Sleep Sharing and SIDSp. 102
Balance and Boundariesp. 106
Is Your Parenting Out of Balance?--How to Tellp. 106
Avoiding Mother Burnoutp. 112
Rekindling the Flamep. 116
Stick With Attachment Parentingp. 117
Beware of Baby Trainersp. 119
What's Wrong with Baby Training?p. 120
Does Baby Training Really Work?p. 122
Why Is Baby Training So Popular?p. 123
Handling Criticismp. 125
Working and Staying Attachedp. 130
A Tale of Two Mothersp. 130
Ten Tips for Working and Staying Attachedp. 133
How a Baby Can Change a Mother's Career Plansp. 141
Attachment Fatheringp. 143
My Story: How I Became an Attached Dadp. 144
Nine Attachment Tips for Fathersp. 146
Where's Dad?p. 152
Father Feelings About Mother-Infant Attachmentp. 155
Attachment Parenting in Special Situationsp. 159
Single and Attachedp. 159
Adoptionp. 160
Attachment Parenting the High-Need Childp. 162
Attachment Parenting a Child with Special Needsp. 164
Attachment Parenting Multiplesp. 166
Attachment Testimonialsp. 168
Could a Mother Not Want This?p. 168
What Is a Good Baby?p. 169
A Gift for Dadp. 170
Working and Staying Attachedp. 170
Sensitive Night Weaningp. 171
Understanding "Cries"p. 172
Compassion for Othersp. 174
When Babies with Teeth Nurse and Sixteen-Year-Olds Drivep. 175
Resourcesp. 177
Indexp. 179
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ISBN: 9780316778091
ISBN-10: 0316778095
Series: Sears Parenting Library
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 7th August 2001
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 19.05  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.3