Kim Kardashian Shares Her Thoughts On Attachment Parenting
Looks like the Kardashian sisters don't share everything — including parenting methods.
"Watching my sister Kourtney, I do learn a lot, but I have my own parenting style," Kim said. "We have our own styles and ways of how we do it and we respect each other's ways and we just learn a lot from each other. I'm really fun and playful but I'm more strict on nap times and sleeping in her own crib, where Kourtney does more of an attached parent style where her kids sleep in her bed with her."
Attachment parenting involves seven components: birth bonding (close attachment with baby after birth), breastfeeding, babywearing (carrying baby in a sling or baby carrier), sleeping close to baby (co-sleeping), belief in the language value of baby’s cry (responding to baby’s crying signals), beware of baby trainers (be discerning of parenting advice) and balance (keeping a balance in parenting and your relationship with your partner).
“[Mason and Penelope] go to sleep in their rooms but end up in my bed, sometimes within minutes,” Kourtney told Redbook. “I wasn’t reading attachment parenting books before; it’s just what came naturally to me. I think even with different kids, it’s different. Each kid needs something different. I’m sure all the family thinks I’m insane for having them in the bed and breastfeeding for a long time, but whatever.”
Although the American Academy of Pediatrics doesn’t recommend letting baby sleep in your bed for safety reasons, advocates of attachment parenting believe it allows for a closer relationship between parent and child.
"Especially with the third baby coming, they're gonna need a bigger bed or they're gonna need some other rules," Kim said. Kourtney's third pregnancy was announced earlier this month.
"As a first time mom I'm learning a lot as I'm going, and I'm learning so much from Kourtney, I think, the most," Kim continues. "What I've learned is you just have to parent your way… whatever works for you and your household. It's hard to really give people a whole lot of advice when you just have to figure it out for yourself."
Did you try attachment parenting? Was it for you, or did you end up going with another method?