The term, "attachment parenting", was conceived by pediatrician William Sears and his wife Martha, to describe a highly responsive, attentive style of caring for a child. Attachment parenting promotes physical and emotional closeness between parent and child through what the Sears refer to as the "Baby Bs." The Baby Bs are bonding, breastfeeding, babywearing, bedsharing and boundary building.
Critics of this say you give up the needs of others to attend to those of the child, an extreme child-centered upbringing ends up with a clingy child.
I believe there are many good things about it, as long as you do what fits in with the life of the others in the family, including the mother's needs, and don't do this to the extreme. I've also heard it said that this only works with the first child or an only child.
at 10:14 AM on Nov. 15, 2010