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The Attachment Parenting Book (Sears Parenting Library) [Paperback]

William Sears , Martha Sears
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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown & Company (25 Dec 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316778095
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316778091
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 18.9 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,902 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Attachment parenting is a highly intuitive, high-touch style of parenting that encourages a strong early attachment, and advocates consistent parental responsiveness to babies' dependency needs. Rather than give parents a strict set of rules about when to breastfeed or when to respond to a cry, The Sears' approach encourages parents to learn and work with their baby's particular cues. Their book focuses on the benefits of attachment parenting for both parent and child, and explains how attachment parenting improves development, makes discipline easier, and even promotes independence. There is further information on attachment parenting for working parents and on weaning your child from attachment parenting, as well as scientific research that explains why attachment parenting works.

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186 of 190 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dr. Sears is as sound as a pound! 17 Feb 2002
Forget your conventional baby manuals by Dr.Spock and the like. Send Gina Ford packing, and sack that nanny who knows best. Babies on schedules who are required to be 'convenient' are liberated! This book will reassure you in every way about following your intuition and your instincts. It doesn't just present one model for babycare, but describes a flexible world where baby's needs come first. We are so out of touch with these, that parents today have lost the art of breastfeeding in their sleep, or doing housework with a baby in a sling. But do not worry, the Sears will guide you through these skills and more, and make it all sound perfectly normal, healthy and achievable. Unlike many childcare gurus, the Sears eat humble pie as they tell how they came to fully appreciate the importance of attachment parenting after having four of their own eight babies. Their anecdotes are reassuring as you wonder how on earth to be 'attached' and get dinner on the table for 6pm. But the Sears are very accommodating and reach out to the working mothers, the adoptive parents and the 'burnt-out' parents in their readership.
The book is magaziney in style, with columns that jump all over the place, such that as you turn the page it can be hard to know where to continue reading. The multitude of subheadings and quotes add to this, so I wouldn't recommend it to the highbrow academic. But the authors must know that most reading for new parents is done in snatches here and there, rather than long cover to cover stints. Buy this for baby-shower presents, and for new parents. We do not have a rounded enough view of babycare without more of this type of baby manual.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 28 Feb 2005
By A Customer
This book is wonderful - full of sensitive caring advice from people who not only are parents (of 8 no less!!), but also have medical training to boot. This is the way everyone would parent if it were not for the flood of manuals from the 'baby trainers' which have left many parents scared to follow their instincts and others thinking it's okay to force babies into unnatural routines.
When our daughter was born I knew crying it out, scheduled feeding and other such nonsense didn't feel right but was losing faith when I repeatedly got the "rod for your own back" comments. I didn't know about Attachment Parenting or the Sears. This book was recommended to me and I found it so refreshing. Finally some parenting advice that is baby-centred instead of parent-centred. It's nothing new but it really makes sense. This back to basics approach is the way babies are raised in so many parts of the world.
So if you think babies need to be nurtured through affection and not trained to be quiet, complient, convenient members of the family then this book is for you. In fact all books in the Sears Parenting Library should be required reading for all parents and parents to be. Buy them all!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Shows a great empathy for children 18 Jan 2005
By A Customer
This book has a lot of sound advice. The approach is basically to show your babies a great deal of empathy in the early months and even in the first few years. The values proposed are well evidenced and simply feel right to raise well adjusted connected and understanding children. Thankfully this book doesn't have much padding either. I would definitely recommend it to new parents.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The 'Bible' of baby books! 19 Feb 2005
By A Customer
This book has been my saving grace!
I owe so much of mine and my baby's happiness to these people! If you think i'm being over-dramatic buy this book, read it, and do for your children what they deserve. Raise them with respect, empathy and love - isn't that what every parent should do? Forget Gina Ford - and the rest of the 'baby trainers' and let yourself enjoy raising your baby. Everyone we meet comments on how contented and happy our little girl is - and she is. She is 5 months old, still soley breastfed and thriving. Even the health-visitors can't believe it. If i hadn't discovered these books then i dread to think what might have happened - i probably would have followed the advice of the likes of Gina Ford and destroyed my relationship with my little girl.
The techniques in this book - the 'Baby B's' as they are so called are wonderful. Breastfeeding, babywearing (putting baby in a sling), bonding, believing in baby's cries and bedding close to baby are advocated but you are not made to feel like a failure if you cannot perform all of them.
The books of the Sears Parenting Library truly are excellent. I have read all of them - and believe they should sit on the bookshelf and liberate the mind of every parent. By following these parenting practices i have full faith that we will be raising responsible, successful and compasionnate children who really understand love, emotions and caring for others. Isn't that what every parent wants for their child?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book 19 Oct 2011
By Laura
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Loved this book! A lot of it is common sense but it is nice to know that my personal choice of parenting is backed up by proffesionals!I think that reading this book gives you the confidence to trust your instincts. I feel better for reading it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars YOU ARE NOT WEIRD!! 5 Jun 2007
If you think it feels 'wrong' to let your baby cry, if you want to hold and bond with your baby as much as you can, if you want to breastfeed for as long as you can and if you want to sleep in the same bed with your baby. In fact, Dr. Sears helps you to see that you are doing what is best for your baby-- it's everyone else who's weird!! Don't listen to all the rubbish about spoiling your baby etc and use your instincts!

I will be buying this book for every first-time mum I meet from now on...!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great guide to AP
My partner and I were following our instincts when raising our son, which seemed to relate to the Attachment Parenting style. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Smartie17
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
It's a great book. Love the fact that it's written by a Christian couple as well but didn't give it 5/5 because it's just not quite as good as Margot Sunderland "What every... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Olive bump
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, commonsense advice
This book was alright. It very clearly explained the tenets of attachment parenting, however I found it a little bit patronising. Read more
Published 10 months ago by H. Ridgley
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
This is a brilliant book, I would highly recommend it to all parents, in fact I wish every new parent could get the opportunity to read this.
Published 12 months ago by Miss Nadia Kais Obousy
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely wonderful in EVERY respect!
I find that while reading this book, there's so many mums I want to read bits out to - the psychology of children is flawless in my opinion (and I have a psychology degree) so it... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Mrs. M. Lungu
5.0 out of 5 stars AP introductions
Great over-view of what attachment parenting actually means.

General ideas behind why each of the suggestions are beneficial to your child. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Pro-active parent
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice bit of support!
Quite a light read. A lot about the author and his family which can be nice but can go on a bit. I skipped some chapters as I bought it after I had my baby. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Michele English
4.0 out of 5 stars Good support for worried mums.
If you are surrounded by people who keep telling you that you are spoiling your baby, that you are holding them too much, that it is healthy for them to exercise their lungs by... Read more
Published on 30 May 2012 by Bikerangel
3.0 out of 5 stars The attachment parenting
I like the idea of attachment parenting and I would like to think that I am following it. However, this book seems far removed from my day to day life and I find some things... Read more
Published on 24 Sep 2011 by Lovely M
5.0 out of 5 stars gives you the confidence to parent naturally
Loved this book. My first babies, twins, were 5 months old when I read this. Before that I was lost and confused between advice from mother in law, to the baby whisperer and... Read more
Published on 21 Sep 2011 by mummyscott
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