87. Attachment Parenting

Having your kid physically attached to you probably 't sound like fun, but an American pediatrician, William , promotes a style of parenting that keeps small as physically attached as possible. This is called parenting.

The idea behind attachment parenting is that a small baby feels protected and safe by contact with their parent, especially their mother, that will grow up to be a more independent . One way parents are encouraged to be close their babies is by using a sling or wrap to carry the baby around instead of the baby in a carriage. This is often "wearing" your baby. Parents are also encouraged to with their babies. Parents are too big to in a crib, so instead parents are told bring the baby into the adult bed. This supposed to teach the baby about sleep regulation well since the baby will learn to mimic sleep patterns. This co-sleeping is controversial though. There concerns that babies sleeping with adults could suffocate, get crushed, or fall off the bed. There also concern about sudden infant death syndrome, or , where babies just suddenly stop breathing.

Another marker attachment parenting is not worrying about spoiling a . Many times parents feel that paying attention to baby's every cry makes them too needy or . Attachment parenting feels that every baby's cry should responded to and that the baby should never left to "cry it out." Instead, the baby be comforted and crying should be taken as signal that the baby needs something. Most attachment also breastfeed on demand, feeling that not only this physically healthier for the baby, but also a bond between mother and child.