What is Attachment Parenting?
Attachment parenting is a parenting style that is highly responsive to children’s needs, more so than traditional Western parenting practices. Despite its growing popularity, not much is known about the demographic details of those who adopt this style or the specific behaviors involved. A study conducted by Katherine E. Green and Melissa M. Groves aimed to shine a light on these aspects.
Exploring Attachment Parenting Practices
To better understand this parenting style, Green and Groves developed a self-report questionnaire that was included in an international parenting magazine, ‘Compleat Mother.’ They received responses from 275 mothers, providing a closer look into attachment parenting practices.
Who are Attachment Parents?
The study found that the respondents were mainly married, college-educated, and White. These mothers practiced attachment parenting in a few key ways. Most of their babies were exclusively breastfed on cue and for extended periods. Co-sleeping was common, and babies were held or nursed during their transition to sleep.
Understanding Attachment Parenting in Context
These findings provide valuable insights into the practices and demographics of attachment parents. This information can help us as child sleep consultants to better understand the needs and perspectives of families who follow this parenting style. By being aware of these practices, we can offer more personalized and effective advice.
Green, K. E., & Groves, M. M. (2008). Attachment parenting: an exploration of demographics and practices. Pages 513-525. Published online: 22 May 2008. https://doi.org/10.1080/03004430600851199