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  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books (1 Aug 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 067102762X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671027629
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.5 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 148,839 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An indispensable, hands-on guide to attachment parenting.
From breastfeeding to the family bed to "wearing" your baby or toddler in a sling or backpack, ATTACHMENT PARENTING has all the information you will need to forge a loving, secure attachment with your young children. With expert advice from pediatricians, lactation specialists, and anthropologists--as well as words of wisdom from dozens of real families--this book offers a comprehensive overview of today's most talked-about nurturing style. Also included is an exhaustive list of print, Internet and support group resources for parents. Topics covered in the book include: *Preparing for Your New Baby *Choosing a Birth Setting *Bonding in the First Days After Birth *Choosing a Breastfeeding-Friendly Healthcare Provider *How to Know Whether You Need a Lactation Consultant *Making the Breast vs. Bottle Choice *Breastfeeding Advocacy *How to Get Your Baby to Sleep *The Family Bed *"Ferberizing" *Working and Breastfeeding *Breastpumps *Choosing a Baby Carrier *Child-Respectful Weaning *Breastfeeding Past the First Year and Beyond and much, much more!

About the Author

Katie Allison Granju is a writer whose work has appeared in The Chicago Tribune, Disney's Family.Com, Microsoft's Underwire, and Salon's very popular "Mothers Who Think" column. She is the mother of three attachment-parented young children.

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Feb 2002
Format: Paperback
...Traditionally, the parenting styles described in this book are not the mainstream ones we are fed by other babycare info sources. BUT THEY SHOULD BE! You have lots of choices in how to parent your baby, but unless you read books like this, you and your baby might miss out on the best choice of all. Or, like me, you might have been doing 'attachment parenting' anyway without knowing it even existed as a label, let alone had a loyal following. What a shame to lose out on feeling supported and affirmed in your parenting. Now you can stand up to your health visitor, your G.P. and your mother-in-law, and feel strong in practices such as continuing the night-feeds, co-sleeping, and sustained breastfeeding.
Try not to feel inadequate if it's not all logistical. I mean, how do you wash your hair, complete the housework, and carry home the groceries with an 18lb baby in a sling? The point is not to get bogged down with the practicalities, as they work out differently for every individual, but to embrace the spirit of the book.
Books like this have helped me to feel proud about bringing my 20 month old into bed for a night feed. Whereas 'normal' baby manuals can generate a sense of failure in our type of parents.
Babies need closeness, and here you will find lots of help in protecting your baby's closeness to you.
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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful By T. Morter VINE VOICE on 16 Jun 2003
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she should run a boot camp ...This author actually knows what she is talking about when it comes to children. This book gives you permission to listen to your instincts. It's a shame we need that really but years of bad advice on parenting has meant our society no longer trusts itself to bring up childrem naturally! If you know a mum to be buy her this, and/or anything by Deborah Jackson and William Sears! Spread the word, babies are not born manipulative and do not "need" training, their wants are their needs!
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Nov 2002
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a lovely book which puts the joy back into parenting. the more 'modern' we get the less 'with' our children we tend to be. this book tells you how to stay attached and tells you about the benefits of doing so. the information and suggestions about breastfeeding are accurate and written really well. the book is very pro 'natural' stuff like slings, proper nappies etc. without making you feel guilty if you can't use them. I highly recommend this book - especially to those parents who find Gina Ford's 'the contented little baby book' too unreal.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Jun 2004
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I've been carrying my baby in one arm, and this book in another! As a first-time mum, I tried out Gina Ford-style routines on my baby son, with horrible results. What a joy to come across this Dr Bill's inspired, thoughtful book. It totally turned my thinking around and helped me start being a loving parent.
I only wish I hd read it before giving birth.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Aug 1999
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In this world where we constantly wonder why children and teens feel alone- we find an answer for future generations!! Hold us-comnfort us- take the time and energy to keep us close! So many parents try to push their babies AWAY into cribs, bouncy seats etc as soon as the push them out!! This book really does a wonderful job explaining the benefits of God's gift to babies- BREASTMILK! This gives wonderful references and tips, the family bed info was great too.
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Aug 1999
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This book would make a great shower gift or source of information for those curious about what attachment parenting is. However, if you are already sold on the idea and are looking for a nitty-gritty how-to book, this is not the one. It spends most of its time justifying the methodology, and not enough time explaining how to implement it. Skip this book, for example, if you have already decided to breastfeed--its main focus is to convince you to do that.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Sep 2002
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This book really bouyed me up and once I picked it up I couldn't put it down. Before finding this book I had been unwittingly following attachment parenting practices, but I was feeling quite disheartened and worn down because noone in my local community seems to share my views about how you should respond to your own children. This book confirms, with well-reasoned arguments, why you should trust your own instincts. Right from the beginning, so many mothers are warned off picking up their babies when they are crying out for them to do just that. This book explains how you can promote your children's self-esteem and confidence by responding to their communications.
It covers a lot of ground and I especially liked the quotes from real parents on how they dealt with the issues. In each section of the book, there is a very useful list of sources (web sites, books, periodicals, shops, newgroups, email lists, etc) where you can find further information on that topic.
Everyone should be made aware that this type of parenting is a realistic option. This book would make a fabulous gift to a new parent or parent-to-be.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 July 1999
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This book will now join Meredith Small's _Our Babies, Ourselves_ as one I give to every pregnant woman I know.
Apart from being the single most comprehensive guide to attachment parenting, it is one of the few general childcare books that discusses the concerns of the entire family - mother, father, grandparents and all. Babies do not grow up in a vacuum, and _Attachment Parenting_ recognizes that and addresses many of the questions of the people who together form a baby's world.
It is also remarkable for the quality and quantity of the outside resources it recommends (websites, books, catalogues, mailing lists, real life support groups, etc.).
The style is clear and accessible, the numerous quotes from real parents as well as parenting experts are enlightening, and the issues this book raises are timely and relevant. I can't think of a better general resource for any new parent.
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