A comprehensive guide to attachment parenting, which asserts that consistent parental responsiveness to a baby's needs will lead to happy and emotionally well-balanced children. Photos.
"Sleeping with Baby, December" by Kelly Averill-Savino
Introduction by William Sears, M.D.
1. What Is Attachment Parenting?
Why Is It Called Attachment Parenting?
What's in the Attachment Parenting Toolkit?
Attachment Parenting: The Rest of the Story
The Very Best Attachment Parenting Resources
2. The Pregnant Parent's Guide to Planning for Attachment
Working Through Personal Issues: Dumping Your Own Attachment-Inhibiting Baggage
How Were You Parented?
The Very Best Resources for Moving Past Your Own Childhood and Becoming an Attachment Parent
Second Time Parents, First Time Attachment Parents
Your Personal Touch-O-Meter
When You and Your Partner Disagree
(Not) Shopping for Baby: Why Attachment Parents Don't Need All That Baby Gear
Items You Will Definitely Want
Items You Might Need or Enjoy Having
Items You Might Not Need (or at least should consider carefully before acquiring)
The Very Best Attachment Parenting Retail Resources
Planning to Breastfeed...Instead of Planning to Try to Breastfeed
Ten Things That Every Expectant Parent Needs to Know About Breastfeeding
Doctor Shopping: Choosing Your Baby's Health Care Provider
The Very Best Children's Health Care Guides
3. Attachment Parenting Your Newborn
Your Birth Setting
The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative
Rooming In: Because New Parents Need Their Babies and New Babies Need Their Parents
Gentle Care for Your Newborn
Consider Not Circumcising Your Baby
The Very Best Resources for Learning More About Circumcision
Bonding After a Cesarean Birth
Have Your Partner Present for Your C-section
Breastfeed Your Baby as Soon as Possible After Birth
Enlist Help with Rooming In
Stay with Your Baby If She Can't Stay with You (When Your New Baby Needs Special Care)
Tricia's Tried and True Tips for Attachment Parenting Your Hospitalized Preemie
4. Making the Breast vs. Bottle Choice
Breastfeeding Isn't "Better"; It's Just Normal: A New Way of Thinking About Infant Feeding Choices
The Breast-Bottle Decision and Your Baby's Health
There's Just Something About Breastmilk....
So What About Infant Formula?
The Breast-Bottle Decision and Your Health
"But I Wasn't Breastfed and I'm Just Fine!"
Wow! Why Don't Doctors Tell You This Stuff?!
The Role of Infant Formula Manufacturers
The Story of the "WHO Code"
Become a Lactivist!: The Very Best Resources for Learning More About Breastfeeding Advocacy
Chapter Endnotes, including medical research on infant feeding issues
5. Breastfeeding: Much More Than Food
Breastfeeding and Attachment: Your Biological Connection with Your Nursling
Breastfeeding and the Pleasure Principle
How Does Your Baby Experience Breastfeeding?
Supply and Demand: You and Your Baby in Sync
Why Do So Many Women Believe That They "Don't Have Enough Milk" for Their Babies?
How Can I Be Sure My Breastfed Baby Is Getting Enough Milk?
The Very Best Resources for Cloth-Diapering Parents
Learning How to Breastfeed
The Very Best Resources for Learning How to Breastfeed
What Is La Leche League?
When Breastfeeding Is a Challenge
Breastfeeding and Guilt
Slaying the Most Common Breastfeeding Myths
Breastfeeding Multiples: One Mother's Experience
Cue-feeding: Breastfeeding Success, Attachment, and Convenience...All Rolled into One
The Problem with Parent-Directed Schedule-Feeding
The Difference Between Breastfeeding and Nursing Your Child
Breastfeeding in Public
The Breastfeeding Father
Nursing Your Bottle-Fed Baby
6. Attachment Parenting All Through the Night
Desperately Seeking Sleep...and Finding It Right in Your Own Bed
How Humans Sleep
The Many Benefits of Family Sleep Sharing
The Family Bed: A How-To Manual
Safety and the Family Bed
Sleeping with Your Baby May Prevent SIDS
Questions About the Family Bed
Infant Sleep: What's "Normal"?
Sleeping Through the Night: Don't Rush It (Yes, you read that correctly!)
Gentle Weaning from the Family Bed: One Family's Story
The Very Best Resources for Solving Your Child's Sleep Problems
Please, Please, Please Don't "Ferberize" Your Baby
But Do the "Cry It Out" Techniques "Work"?
7. The Working Parent's Guide to Attachment Parenting
Your Baby's Need for You and Your Decision Whether or Not to Work
To Work or Not to Work? That Is the Question
Keep Your Options (and Your Mind) Open!
Working Parent/Attachment Parent
Breastfeeding and the Working Mother
Breastfeeding on the Job: The Basics
Creating a Breastfeeding-Friendly Workplace
The Very Best Resources for Working, Breastfeeding Mothers
The Attachment Parent's Guide to Childcare
The Attachment Parenting?Friendly Caregiver
Creating Community for Your Child
The Critical Importance of Consistency in Caregiving
The Very Best Childcare Resources for Attachment Parents
Money, Money, Money
Paradigm Busting: New Ways to Work for Attachment Parents
8. To Have and to Hold
Baby-Carrying Around the Globe
Why Don't We Carry and Hold Our Babies?
Our Untouched Babies
Can a Baby Be Held or Carried "Too Much"?
The Many Benefits of Wearing Your Baby
Which Baby Carrier Is Right for You?
Safety Tips for Baby-Wearing Parents
9. Breastfeeding Past the First Year
I've Never Seen a Nursing Toddler; Is It "Normal" to Breastfeed Past the First Year?
Breastfeeding Duration Around the World
A Natural Duration for Breastfeeding?
The Growing Popularity of Sustained Breastfeeding
Sustained Breastfeeding and Your Child's Health
Sustained Breastfeeding and Your Health
Mothering Your Older Nursling
What's It Really Like to Breastfeed Past the First Year?
Dealing with the Opinions of Others
The Very Best Resources for Parents of Older Nurslings
Nursing Through Pregnancy
Weaning: Upward and Onward!