New Book, Attached at the Heart

NASHVILLE, Tenn., March 11 /PRNewswire/ — New research shows babies cry to communicate their needs – to be fed, changed, or comforted. Babies need to be touched and held – So go ahead, pick him up!

In their new book, Attached at the Heart, authors and Attachment Parenting International (API) co-founders Barbara Nicholson and Lysa Parker provide practical guideposts and discuss the key tenants of attachment parenting. They cover issues that are often considered controversial – baby-wearing, co-sleeping, extended breastfeeding, and discipline without spanking. They provide extensive research and facts, as well as anecdotes and tips, on how to incorporate attachment parenting practices in to everyday life.

Parker states, “The essence of attachment parenting is about forming and nurturing strong connections between parents and their children. Attachment parenting challenges parents to treat children with kindness, respect and dignity, and to model in our interactions with them the way we’d like them to interact with others.”

Attachment parenting isn’t new. In the last sixty years, the behaviors of attachment have been studied extensively by psychology and child development researchers, and more recently, by researchers studying the brain. This body of knowledge offers strong support for areas that are key to the optimal development of children, which are covered extensively in Attached at the Heart.

Nicholson noted, “When you respond to your children’s needs in a sensitive, respectful, and developmentally appropriate way, the parent-child relationship – and the family as a whole – is strengthened.”

The basic principles of attachment parenting are a blueprint for change and are discussed in Attached at the Heart. Rooted in sound science and common sense, these principles provide a framework of an overarching philosophy — listen to your baby and trust your instincts.

For more information go to To request a review copy or to schedule an interview, contact Tamara Crabtree at or 615-668-2823.


Barbara Nicholson is co-founder of Attachment Parenting International (API). For fifteen years she served as President of the Board of Directors of API. She has a Masters of Education degree specializing in learning disabilities and has been a breastfeeding and parent support group facilitator for over 27 years.

Lysa Parker received her bachelor’s in education and her master’s degree in human development and family studies. She earned her designation of Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) from the National Council on Family Relations in 2004. As cofounder of Attachment Parenting International, she served as the executive director for thirteen years.

Attachment Parenting International (API) was founded in 1994 to network with parents, professionals and like-minded organizations around the world. API’s mission is to educate and support all parents in raising secure, joyful and empathic children in order to strengthen families and create a more compassionate world. More information about Attachment Parenting International can be found at