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Kate Middleton is talking about attachment parenting. What does it mean?

Kate Middleton, who has been working on early childhood development, discussed the theory of attachment parenting, which also recommends maximum skin-to-skin contact, including kangaroo care, baths and baby wearing.

By: Parenting Desk |
Updated: September 20, 2019 5:19:22 pm
kate middleton, attachment parenting Kate Middleton with Prince Louis

Kate Middleton has been appreciated by many for her parenting skills, including the likes of other celeb moms like Anne Hathaway.

The Duchess of Cambridge once again grabbed eyeballs when she paid a visit to the Family Nurse Partnership, a voluntary home visiting programme for first-time parents. The mother to three kids interacted with first-time mothers about pregnancy and children’s health and development.

Kate, who has been working on early childhood years herself, also discussed the scientific theory of attachment parenting.


What is attachment parenting?

Attachment parenting was devised by psychologist John Bowlby. The term was finally coined in the 60s by developmental psychologist Mary Ainsworth. This parenting theory ensures babies grow up feeling emotionally secure.

The idea behind attachment parenting is that babies who experience loving and stimulating relationships with parents will eventually be emotionally and physically satisfied and happy. The process begins right from pregnancy, where proponents of attachment parenting believe in eliminating negative thoughts and feelings about pregnancy.

Another effective way to bond with the baby is through breastfeeding which shows infants that parents will listen to their cues and fulfill their needs.

Attachment parenting also advises maximum skin-to-skin touching including kangaroo care, baths and baby wearing.

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