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Mayim Bialik Talks Attachment Parenting

PUBLISHED ON 03/09/2012

Former Blossom star, Mayim Bialik, advocates attachment parenting in her new book, Beyond the Sling. Mayim, who has a Ph.D. in neuroscience from UCLA says that the method of parenting is science-based. According to Dr. Sears, attachment parenting has 7 “tools:” birth bonding (close attachment with your baby after birth), breastfeeding, babywearing (carrying your baby in a sling or baby carrier), sleeping close to baby (co-sleeping), belief in the language value of your 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.)

According to Fox News, Mayim says she, her husband and her two sons all sleep in one room with two beds that are low to the ground. She sleeps with one of their sons and her husband sleeps with the other — and they don’t have sex in either beds. Mayim also uses the elimination technique, which is where you bring even young babies to the toilet instead of using diapers. The actress also says she doesn’t force her kids to share or say “please” and “thank you,” saying that it’s “about teaching a relationship — it’s not teaching obedience.”

Many critics of attachment parenting say that it doesn’t give parents their own space from their children and vice versa — and the American Academy of Pediatrics doesn't recommend letting babies sleep in your bed for safety reasons — but advocates of attachment parenting believe it allows parents to connect with their children and provide a nurturing environment.

What do you think of attachment parenting? Would you try it?

PHOTO: Beyond the Sling / The Bump