attachment parenting

noun

Definition of attachment parenting

  1. :  parenting of an infant that is characterized by highly responsive care and frequent close contact so as to aid in the attachment between infant and parent If someone suggests holding your baby too much will spoil him, you may begin to second-guess your choice to use the attachment parenting method. — Robin Elise Weiss, The Everything Mother's First Year Book, 2005 In its best form, attachment parenting produces secure babies and loving parents. In its worst, it inverts motherhood into a slavish duty where baby-sitters are viewed as suspect, cribs are considered cruel, and the child's needs always trump the mother's. — Mona Gable, Los Angeles Magazine, November 2004 Attachment parenting practices may include breastfeeding on demand, sleeping in the same bed as the infant, and carrying the infant close to the body (babywearing).

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First Known Use of attachment parenting

1985


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