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API responds to 2016 AAP Statement on Infant Sleep

Infants and parents benefit from breastfeeding and sleeping near one another, reducing SIDS risk by 50%

Attachment Parenting International responds to 2016 AAP Statement on Infant Sleep

Nashville, TN. (October 26, 2016) – Attachment Parenting International (API) welcomes the AAP’s latest Statement on Infant Sleep that acknowledges the dilemma parents face in providing responsive nighttime infant care in accordance with past AAP guidelines.

API recognizes that many parents choose to keep their infant close at night to meet the infant's needs. As a result, API is encouraged that the AAP now recognizes that infants and parents both benefit by sleeping in proximity. The AAP advises parents to have infants in the same room at night instead of having them in another room, citing evidence that SIDS risk can be reduced by 50% when parents and infants sleep near each other. This advice improves support of the physiologically vulnerable infant by a responsive parent, and ideally will help parents avoid controversial practices of sleep training, “cry it out” methods, or solitary infant sleep.

Further, API is pleased that the AAP’s statement acknowledges that breastfeeding is associated with lower SIDS rates and that nighttime proximity improves breastfeeding rates. These new recommendations also recognize and understand that a parent may fall asleep while meeting the needs of the infant, and that falling asleep with an infant in a proactively prepared bed is preferable to falling asleep with an infant in a chair, couch or other unsafe location.

Parents seek solutions to get enough sleep at night while they also desire to respond to and care for their infants. Practical guidelines that recognize the critical parenting role and related challenges can help parents attend to their infant’s needs at night while avoiding risky products or products that do not provide the full benefits of sleeping in proximity, such as baby monitors, and avoiding falling asleep in chairs, rockers or sofas.

API urges the AAP to continue to examine recommendations that separate the mother-baby dyad during sleep. Breastfeeding mothers have always slept with their children as a matter of health and safety. Better data and accurate reporting of the causes of the tragic instances of infant death in the parent bed will help clarify and individualize recommendations. It is important to ensure that experts are not promoting cultural practices that undermine health and well being in the short and long term.

API advocates for practices that are dedicated to the physical and emotional safety of infants as well as long term health of all children; that empower parents to be educated on infant sleep, arousal, and breathing; and for decisions that are based in accurate data and compatible with biological needs. For more information on API’s Principle on ensuring safe sleep, emotionally and physically, please visit

For information on API infant sleep safety guidelines, including a free brochure for download, please visit

Additional guidelines for safe sleeping are available at

For the full AAP guidelines visit

API's Online Auction is Open: Bid Today!

API's Online Auction is Open:  Bid Today!
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How many good things can you accomplish at once?  
These THREE (or more!) great things happen when you bid and share the API Online Auction: 
  1. You get (and can give!) super deals on unique items. 
  2. You share the love (by helping others get great gift deals) when you invite others to bid.
  3. You support parents everywhere because auction proceeds directly fund API parent support programs.
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Thank you for supporting API!

Similar to traditional prayer flags, the colorful API backpacks seem to be spreading peace, compassion, strength and wisdom on the wind in honor of our AP Month theme (above).
Soak up plenty of daily AP Month peace and harmony as the AP Month celebration continues through October 31.

Nurturing Peace for World Harmony - AP Month 2016!

As parents, we’re peacemakers by default.

Sure, we all fall short sometimes:  who of us isn’t tired, cranky, annoyed and just worn down at times?

But we’re all graced with unlimited chances, so this October, AP Month is for you.  Join us.  AP Month is about celebrating and supporting each other as we strive for more peace and harmony in our families.

Here’s how to get involved:

Send your photos to add to our wall of harmony! Help us share a virtual smile and hug with each other and the world.

Subscribe to APtly Said (API’s blog) for daily doses of Peace and Harmony every day of October!

Email to donate items to our online auction (proceeds benefit API’s mission).

Bid in our exciting and popular online auction October 18 – 31! (link coming soon)

Share AP Month with everyone you know and spread the word: Peace and Harmony are “in” this month!

What: Attachment Parenting International (API), along with the Sears family and other prominent AP supporters, declared October to be Attachment Parenting (AP) Month.  API has been celebrating AP Month every October since 2008.

The AP Month vision is to create one strong voice for AP through activities, events and information and to celebrate what we believe in — the value of “Nurturing Peace for World Harmony” in our families and our communities.


Who: All parents, AP partners and like minds around the world are invited and encouraged to join with us in“Nurturing Peace for World Harmony” during Attachment Parenting Month.


AP Month Goals:

  1. Unify the AP voice. 
  2. Offer parents and adults support and confidence in “Nurturing Peace for World Harmony.”
  3. Promote awareness of AP.
  4. Educate about API, other AP Month sponsors and their services.
  5. Provide a source of funds to support the API mission.

About the theme:  “Nurturing Peace for World Harmony” is the theme for AP Month 2016 and a statement that healthy, secure attachments between parents and children isn’t just one child or one family, but extends to whole communities, nations and even the world.  We can be the change we wish to see in the world through our AP Month theme. We need not feel helplessly bathed in negativity; we can be empowered through this simple vision that begins in our homes.

During AP Month, parents are challenged to re-examine their daily activities and traditions and learn new ways to grow with each other and remain close and supportive.  AP Month partners will offer resources to support and sustain these efforts all year round.

Parenting Educator Training Oct 18-20 in Brooklyn


Based on the book Attached at the Heart, the Attached at the Heart Parenting Educator (AHPE) program is grounded in attachment theory, informed by cutting edge research, and designed as a prevention model to help parents better understand and apply the Eight Principles of Parenting for a child’s optimal physical and emotional development.

In only three days you can become a Certified Attached at the Heart Parent Educator (CAHPE) a program of Attachment Parenting International (API), with the information and materials you need to start teaching parenting classes in your community. We are looking for good candidates such as mental health professionals, social workers, childbirth and lactation educators, doulas, and family life educators. Space is limited!

Program developers API co-founders Barbara Nicholson & Lysa Parker will be in Brooklyn to personally teach the program. Apply today to take advantage of this rare opportunity to expand your knowledge base and become one of a select group of certified AATH Parent Educators.


You will learn:
♥ The basics of attachment theory and parent education principles
♥ Why attachment is critically important for the family and society
♥ Attachment parenting as defined by API
♥ Cultural myths about parenting
♥ The myths about AP
♥ Hands on strategies and activities for teaching the parents you serve and much more!
Workshop Tuition includes:
♡ Ten step-by-step lesson plans with downloadable materials, music, videos, activities, parenting tips and parent handouts
♡ Morning and afternoon snacks provided for each day
♡ Training to use the Adult-Adolescent Parenting Inventory
♡ Three full days of parenting training by the founders of API
Tues Oct. 18, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Wed Oct. 19, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Thur Oct. 20, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Application fee: $30
Early Bird registration: $400
(after application is approved)
Late registration: $450 (after Oct. 4 )
Location: Nurture{bklyn}
Coming to Brooklyn, NY, October, 2016
Attached at the Heart Parent Educator Training

API 2015 Year in Review

After celebrating API’s 20th year serving families and validating the impact of API, 2015 was a year to plan and ensure that API can continue our services and programs. API continued valuable programs such as accrediting leaders, distributing research-backed and investigative articles in timely publications, raising awareness about secure attachment, and helping individual families nurture for a more compassionate future. This is the core of API’s work. Families and services are grateful for your support and donations, and want you know how much you accomplished.

Accredit, Join, Serve

You brought the number of API Leaders and leader applicants to 248 and local support groups to 80, with several new countries represented. You provided the support leaders needed, such as meeting guides, outreach materials, mentoring, monthly support calls, “Leader Talk” enewsletters, and “Connections” blog posts, as well as addressed unique circumstances with one-on-one support from API staff. You developed a new Support Group Reporting form to help tell the API story more effectively. You celebrated API Leaders with 1, 5, 10, and even more than 15 years of dedicated volunteer service in their communities.

You certified 100 parent educators through the Attached at the Heart program, adding parents and professionals in Los Angeles, San Antonio, and Atlanta. You provided dedicated staff that helped build the program and a team to move it forward.

You invited new members to API, with more than 600 new members joining in the last quarter. An estimated... Read on

API Reads: November Update

We are reading “Kids, Parents, and Power Struggles” by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka ( for the month of November and beginning of December. This is a wonderful resource that you will find valuable as a family. Some of the topics covered are:

• Emotion coaching
• Enforcing your standards while remaining connected
• Tantrums
• Temperament (yours and theirs)

Our book for December and a portion of January is “Peaceful Parent, Happy Siblings” by Dr. Laura Markham ( This is a wonderful book that could be considered an extension of “Siblings Without Rivalry”. Purchase your books today to follow along. We are now posting our comments through API’s blog, APTly Said ( but you can also post to GoodReads ( with your comments along the way as well. Happy reading everyone!

AP Month Auction Open Now Through Oct 31, 2015

The Attachment Parenting International AP Month Auction is an exciting, 14-day event where you'll find a variety of one-of-a-kind items up for grabs at unbelievable prices.  Stock up for holidays or year-round gifts.

View all auction items now!

Register, place your bids and check back frequently to stay on top of this exciting and fast paced event all that benefits your favorite cause!

Our goal is to raise $15,000 to support parents and children through free, research-based, parent information and support.

Check back often to see what's new. Feel free to place a Watch on your favorites, so that you'll know as soon as bidding begins.

Bid in API's online auction today through October 31 and multitask in the best possible way:

  1. Bid on unique gifts - for yourself or others - at great prices
  2. Invite others to bid
  3. Support your favorite parenting support organization:  API receives 100% of the winning bid.

Goodwill for the donor, goodies for the winning bidder and continued parent support from API. 

API Auction Opens October 18; Receiving Donated Items Now

Event Date(s): 
Sunday, October 18, 2015 to Saturday, October 31, 2015

Main Article ImageStarting on October 18, 2015, Attachment Parenting International will be auctioning off a number of fun and unique items to bid on to raise money for our organization - and the more items we have the more money we can raise, so we're asking for your help.

Show your support by clicking on the "Donate Items" button to contribute to our catalog. 

Give a little and get a lot in return. 
Whether you have 1 item or 100 to contribute, your participation is an invaluable part of our fundraising efforts. By donating an item or service directly online, you'll be helping to raise money for our organization, and you'll receive a mention on our site that can link back to your own web page.

October is Attachment Parenting Month: "Parental Presence: Birthing Families, Strengthening Society."

Attachment Parenting International's photo.October is Attachment Parenting Month and all month long API will be shining a light on "Parental Presence: Birthing Families, Strengthening Society." Follow along to learn more about this year's theme, and enjoy parent stories, API support group events, daily tips, the photo gallery, the AP Month Auction (Oct 18-31), and much more on the importance of early secure attachment for our children, families, and society.

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