There is a growing tread of immersion parenting among today’s young parents. These principles revolve around attachment and bonding between the parent and the baby. Often people without even knowing about this concept follow this parenting. This is a very natural way of bring up one’s child.
The initial stage of baby’s growth let it be breastfeeding to bottle feeding or the first steps of the baby, this concept is built to grow a strong bond of love between the baby and the parent. There are no hard and fast rules, but there are principles that a parent should follow to deliver the best to their child, and as each baby is unique their requirement and how they need to be met are also unique. Most of these principles are so natural that they come through intuition. The principles are discussed below.
The attachment parenting starts with the concept of giving a natural birth. Childbirth can be the most endowing moment in any mother’s life. It just now brings a baby to the world but the same moment a mother is also born, it can totally alter a woman’s life. Right from the existence of humanity women have successfully giving natural birth, it is only the exposure and misrepresentation of technology and media, that today people are so dependent on hospitals for childbirth. But, the best news is still natural birth is very much possible safely with proper preparations. The second principle is baby attachment style that is how the baby, bonds with the mother. Some of these are secure attachment, ambivalent attachment, and avoidant attachment and disorganized attachment. The best style of attachment in this is secure attachment, where the baby is secure, exploring and happy, at the same time the mother is quick, sensitive and consistent. The third principle is to breastfeed the baby. The breastfeeding here is done based on its demand and not fixed any routine or clock hours. This makes the baby choose when it needs to be fed, and gives the mother the assurance that the baby is properly fed. Breastfeeding is given so much emphasis as it is the best when compared to formulas available in the market. Each mother’s milk is specially customized to meet the nutritional requirements of her baby.
The fourth principle is positive disciplining. Though it sounds fun but it involves giving children a timeout rather than shouting on them and positively motivating them to achieve their milestones. This also makes the children less involving in tantrums.
The fifth principle is baby wearing, which involves the mother attaching the baby close to her body. Skin to skin touch of mother and baby, has a very relaxing and a healthy impact on the baby, thus, the parent attaching one’s baby to their body, there are many tested and safe ways to do this.