The 7 B’s of Attachment Parenting

Attachment parenting refers to a style of parenting that seeks to bring out the best in the baby and the parents. The 7 B’s of attachment parenting serve as tools for parents to build strong and secure attachments with your kids.

Birth Bonding
refers to the way parents bond with their kids following the birth of the kid. The period following the birth of the kid is a sensitive period when the mother and the baby want to be close to each other. This attachment fosters the natural and biological bonding between the kid and the mother.

If a medical complications forces you to keep your baby away from you for a while, ensure that you catch up on the bonding as soon as possible. However Birth Bonding is not a “now-or-never” concept. It acts as headstart in building strong attachment in the years to come.

Breastfeeding is another tool of attachment parenting. Breast milk is highly nutritious and these nutrients are not available in the manufactured milk. Breastfeeding as an exercise of babyreading, builds a strong bond between the baby and the mother by stimulating the secretion of prolactin and oxytocin.

Babywearing promotes closeness and familiarity between you and your baby. A baby feels secure in the arms of the parent and learns better about the environment. Such babies are less fussy.

Bedding close to your baby adds nighttime for parents to reconnect with their kids who may not be able to spend ample time with kids during day due to work. Co-sleeping reduces nighttime separation anxiety. Your physical closeness to the baby is a reassurance for the baby that she is secure and loved.

Baby’s cry is a means of communication and shows the responsiveness of the mother towards the baby. Gradually parents learn the language of the baby’s cry and response appropriately to the baby’s needs.

Baby Trainers teach rigid and extreme styles of parenting. However beware of them. Convenience parenting creates a rift between you and your child which may be difficult to bridge later.

Balance between your needs and your baby’s need is essential to strike. It is necessary to strike a balance and learn to say “no” when required.