Attachment Parenting (sometimes called AP)

(Disclaimer: Not all the opinions found on these web pages are necessarily my own. I am simply trying to present an assortment of information about the various aspects of this style of parenting)


"What is attachment parenting?" Here are various descriptions of this style of parenting:

Defined by Attachment Parenting International

Defined by Dr. William Sears using the 7 Baby B's (and a definition of attachment)

Defined by Families for Natural Living

Defined by Amy Scott (sociologist, breastfeeding counselor, independent distributor for DK Family Learning, and owner of Wears The Baby)

Defined by Laurie of the Parent Soup Attachment Parenting Board

Defined by Jan Hunt (The Natural Child Project)


"What attachment parenting is not":

Defined by Dr. William Sears


General attachment parenting web sites

Attachment Parenting International Attachment Parenting Index
Kelly's Attachment Parenting
Recommended Books and Books to Avoid, Kelly's Attachment Parenting site
StorkNet's Attachment Parenting Cubby
Expert's Corner: Elizabeth Pantley
Baby Reference
Nuture by Nature Network
Dr. Jim Prescott
Dr. Jay Gordon
The Natural Child Project (Jan Hunt)
Tine Thevenin Library
Gentle Parenting
The Whole Family Attachment Parenting Association
The Aware Parenting Institute
Parenting Web
Attached Mama
Humanity Infant and Herbal
Open Here - Attachment Parenting

Books, authors, magazines (I haven't read all of these yet, but I'm working on it!)

Dr. William Sears and Martha Sears
  • The Baby Book: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby from Birth to Age Two
  • The Attachment Parenting Book : A Commonsense Guide to Understanding and Nurturing Your Baby
  • The Breastfeeding Book: Everything You Need to Know About Nursing Your Child from Birth Through Weaning
  • Nighttime Parenting: How to Get Your Baby and Child to Sleep
Meredith Small, Ph.D.
Our Babies, Ourselves
(Read La Leche League review)
(Read review in Bringing Up Babies, Cornell Magazine Online, July/August 1998)
Tine Thevenin
The Family Bed: An Age Old Concept in Child Rearing
Jean Liedloff
The Continuum Concept
Dr. Linda Folden Palmer
Baby Matters
Elizabeth Pantley
The No-Cry Sleep Solution: Gentle Ways to Help Your Baby Sleep Through the Night
Katie Granju
Attachment Parenting: Instinctive Care for you Baby and Young Child
Deborah Jackson
Three in a Bed: The Benefits of Sharing Your Bed With Your Baby
Isabelle Fox, Ph.D.
Being There: The Benefits of a Stay-At-Home Parent
Jay Gordon (and Maria Goodavage)
Good Nights: The Happy Parents' Guide to the Family Bed (And a Peaceful Night's Sleep)
Dr. Harvey Karp
The Happiest Baby on the Block
Norma Jane Bumgarner
Mothering Your Nursing Toddler
Jan Hunt
The Natural Child: Parenting from the Heart
Katherine A. Dettwyler (editor) and Patricia Stuart-MacAdam (editor)
Breastfeeding: Biocultural Perspectives (Foundations of Human Behavior)
(Read review)

Mothering Magazine


La Leche League
LLL of the Peninsula, CA
Extended Breastfeeding FactSheet, Kelly's Attachment Parenting
Exclusive Breastfeeding, World Health Organization
101 Reasons to Breastfeed Your Child, ProMom
NPR story on motherhood
Thoughts on Breastfeeding, Katherine Dettwyler, Ph.D.
Why Nurse Toddlers?
Why Mothers Nurse Their Children into Toddlerhood, Norma Jane Bumgarner
Extended Breastfeeding: Is it for you?,
Tandem nursing story
Doctors Need to Study Up On Breastfeeding, Dr. Dean Edell
Mothering Magazine articles:
Not Just for Babies: 10 Good Reasons to Breastfeed Your Toddler, (Nov/Dec 2000)
From Bashful to Brazen: The Indiscreet Breastfeeding Manifesto, (Nov/Dec 2001)
Have Breasts Will Travel: Nursing Discreetly in Public, (Nov/Dec 2001)
Nursing Baby Breastfeeding Information articles:
Extended Breastfeeding: Are there still health benefits?
Breastfeeding: When do children naturally wean?
Breastfeeding: Mom or Baby-Led Weaning?

Solid Foods and the BreastFed Baby

Starting Solids With the Breastfed Baby

Nutrition for Nursing Toddlers
Is Breastfeeding Linked to Tooth Decay?
Childhood Caries and Breastfeeding 

Co-sleeping (also called "bed sharing", "sleep-sharing", or the "family bed")

Co-Sleeping: Yes, No, Sometimes?,

Mothering Magazine articles:

Three in a Bed, Deborah Jackson, (Jan/Feb 2000)
The Family Bed: It's Safe and Here's Why, (Jan/Feb 2000)
A Foot in Your Face, or 10 Other Reasons to Family Bed, (Jan/Feb 2000)
Confessions of a Bed Lizard: The Sheer Pleasure of Lying About, (Jan/Feb 2000)
Sleep with Me: A Trans-cultural Look at the Power--and Protection--of Sharing a Bed (Nov/Dec 1998)
Bedsharing Research in Britain

Responses to the co-sleeping study by the CPSC, co-sponsered by the JPMA (trade organization representing crib and bedding manufacturers):

SIDS, The Family Bed, and the CPSC, Alan Greene MD
Infant Sleep & Death Fact Sheet by Linda Palmer (author Baby Matters)
AskDrSears' response
Attachment Parenting International's response
Is sleeping with my baby safe? Can it reduce the risk of SIDS?, James McKenna, PhD.
Dr. Dean Edell's response on
The Family Bed. Can Parents Sleep Safely With Infants? on Good Morning America, ABC, Dr. Bob Sears
Is it safe to sleep with my baby?, Elizabeth Pantley
Not Designed to Sleep Alone, by Dr. Jay Gordon for Mothering Magazine and Safe Cosleeping

When is the right time to put child in his/her own bedroom?,

Sleeping with Baby on the Early Show, CBS, Jay Gordon

Evolution of a Family Bedder (and email responses)

Baby wearing

Hold Me Close: The Many Advantages of Wearing Your Baby and Babywearing Tips Mothering Magaine (Jul/Aug 2002)
The Importance of the In-Arms Phase, Jean Liedloff

Gentle discipline

To Spank or Not To Spank? by Elizabeth Pantley
Experts offer tips on gentle discipline for toddlers, CNN article April 25, 2000

Misc. articles

Attachment parenting the older child
The Flower Shop (Why You Should Attachment Parent), Dr. Jay Gordon
A Delicate Balance, Isabelle Fox
An Interview with Dr. Isabelle Fox, Family and Home Network
Attachment Parenting? for Babies Community Home Page at Parent Soup
Attachment Parenting in a Detached World

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