This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Boba. The opinions and text are all mine.
I never thought about parenting styles until AFTER we had our babies. I honestly did not know there was a term coined for the way we were parenting our girls, we were only doing what felt natural. In case you haven’t heard of Attached Parenting here are the Baby B’s associated with attached parenting taken from the Dr. Sears website.
1. Birth Bonding – The close emotional tie that develops between parents and baby at birth.
2. Breastfeeding – Breastfeeding helps you read your baby’s cues, her body language, which is the first step in getting to know your baby.
3. Babywearing – Babywearing improves the sensitivity of the parents. Because your baby is so close to you, you get to know baby better. Closeness promotes familiarity.
4. Bedding close to baby – Sleeping within close touching and nursing distance minimizes nighttime separation anxiety and helps baby learn that sleep is a pleasant state to enter and a fearless state to remain in.
5. Believe in language of baby’s cry – A baby’s cry is a signal designed for the survival of the baby and the development of the parents. Responding sensitively to your baby’s cries builds trust.
6. Beware of baby trainers – Attachment parenting teaches you how to be discerning of advice, especially those rigid and extreme parenting styles that teach you to watch a clock or a schedule instead of your baby; you know, the cry-it-out crowd. This “convenience” parenting is a short-term gain, but a long-term loss, and is not a wise investment. These more restrained styles of parenting create a distance between you and your baby and keep you from becoming an expert in your child.
7. Balance – The key to putting balance in your parenting is being appropriately responsive to your baby – knowing when to say “yes” and when to say “no,” and having the wisdom to say “yes” to yourself when you need help.
One thing I did not know was that there’s a better way to do number 3 – babywearing. Here are Nine Reasons Why Not To Carry Your Baby Facing Outward.
One of the things I like about the Boba carriers are that they are all specifically made to carry your baby inward.
Babywearing is not only great for the mom and baby bond but it also gives us free hands to tend to other important things, like a toddler who likes to be chased through the house or play with things she’s not supposed to. 🙂 Do you wear your babies?