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Attachment Babying

Posted in Family, Just for Fun, Parenting by Laura on December 10, 2008
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Guest Post by Savannah:

Parents are fragile creatures. We first babies have so much influence over their formative years as parents, and it’s our responsibility to raise them in a way that will produce a well-adjusted, happy parent. Attachment Babying (AB) is a philosophy of responding gently to the parent’s needs and guiding them through subtle actions.

Parent Wearing
As an Attachment Baby, I see my parents as an extension of myself. Sucking on Mama or Daddy’s fingers like they’re an accessory helps me not only to feel connected to them, but it also offers me a chance to participate in their various activities by tasting the garlic Mama chopped while I was napping or leaving a raw spot that will remind Daddy of me while he’s teaching.

No-Sleeping
Parents need to be shown that nighttime is an active part of the day. Those of us who practice AB prefer to do this using gentle techniques, such as Making Cute Noises While Mama and Daddy are Trying to Sleep (MCNWMDTS) or Extended Breastfeeding (EB), where an hour per feeding is a great goal. I have found the first technique to be especially rewarding for beginners, but with a little patience, you can have success with the second. The trick is not to get discouraged if Mama falls asleep while you’re eating.

Elimination Dedication
Parents are always looking for ways to express their love in meaningful ways, and you owe it to your parents to give them such opportunities. Elimination Dedicated Babies (EDB) believe that nothing says “I love you” like changing four diapers in an hour. Elimination Dedication also gives your parents valuable experience at important diapering skills, and as a result, they’ll be more confident in their parenting. Not to mention they’ll feel great that they got their money’s worth out of that changing table.

Go Organic!
Grown-ups these days really like it when things are organic. Organic clothes, furniture, and food can be expensive for your parents, though, and they may feel sad that they cannot afford very many organic things, especially in this economy. As a sympathetic baby, you naturally want to help, but maybe you don’t think there’s anything you can do.

If that describes you, then you couldn’t be more wrong. You have the very things your parents want right inside of you! That’s right — your spit-up is organic! Your parents may not be able to buy a sofa made of organic materials, but with just a little effort, you can increase the percentage of organic matter in the one they already have.

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  1. Sherry said, on December 10, 2008 at 9:28 pm

    That was hilarious!

  2. Alan said, on December 17, 2008 at 6:47 am

    “Elimination Dedicated Babies” šŸ˜‰

  3. Momma Knows said, on December 18, 2008 at 1:15 pm

    Oh my that’s funny!! “Don’t get discouraged if Mama falls asleep…” My son, from about 8-12 mos would nurse off & on all night. I’d just latch him on and go back to sleep. It wasn’t worth trying to stay awake for something my body would do on its own. šŸ™‚


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