BUT the downside was that my baby would I would lay in bed with him for up to 45 minutes, and when he finally dosed off, I would try to gently detach him and tip-toe out the room.
Most of the time, he would be awakened by my movement, and require my assistance to get back to sleep.
Attachment parenting, a term coined by William Sears, is a style interacting with babies that promotes development of connection, trust, and confidence between caregiver and child via skin to skin contact, breastfeeding, co-sleeping and baby wearing.
AP babies are said to have better behavior, development, and learning skills.
I'm sure this will probably shock and offend many attachment parenting advocates, but with all the hype about co-sleeping and baby wearing out there, I think it's important to share my story about how attachment parenting nearly ruined my life.
I am sure it will probably shock and offend many attachment parenting advocates that I chose baby sleep training.
Despite this, I was happy to get out of the house, and the AP-encouraged baby wearing made these outings possible.
Cry It Out is the stuff that makes skin crawl for attachment parenting advocates, and it is simply not pleasant for anyone.Needless to say, I spent hours most evenings trying to get my sweet boy to settle, leaving very little time for my husband and I to connect.Nap time was a downward spiral, and I spent every afternoon for months in a rocking chair with my baby on my chest.On the first two nights of sleep training, I nursed my son on the sofa, and then we put him into his bed where he proceeded to scream for 30 minutes before he fell fast asleep. From the fourth day forward, he almost always went to sleep without fussing.After this, my son still nursed once per night until we did a similar screaming-in-the-middle-of-the-night intervention about 6 months later.