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Attachment Parenting International is committed to Safe Infant Sleep!
A simple tip that could save lives!
November 2008
A fan in the room with baby protects against SIDS!
Parents around the world spend a great deal of time in the first six months of their new baby's life worrying about Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

What mother hasn't awakened multiple times each night just to check that her baby is still breathing? Now, in addition to the time-honored recommendation of "Back to Sleep," comes the latest tip that could protect your baby against SIDS:

Place a fan in baby's room at night and during nap!

In October 2008, the National Institutes of Health released a study in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine that indicated placing a simple fan in the room with baby at night and during naps showed up to a 72% reduction in the occurrence of SIDS.

The researchers involved in the study felt fans offered two protective benefits:
  • Prevents overheating - Overheating increases the risk of SIDS.
  • Decreases Carbon Dioxide accumulation - Rebreathing carbon dioxide also increases the risk of SIDS.
Last month, Attachment Parenting International (API) introduced its Safe Infant Sleep Campaign because all parents should have access to the latest research on how to keep baby safe during nighttime and nap-time.

Learn more about API's Safe Infant Sleep Campaign.
dragonflyBreastfeeding Improves Child's Mental Health
Recent studies have shown breastfeeding to help protect babies from ear infections, diarrhea, pneumonia, wheezing, and bacterial and viral illnesses, as well as a reducing the risk of obesity, diabetes, SIDS, and cancer.

Now, a study released October 29 adds yet another benefit to this list: protection against mental illness and diagnosed behavioral problems. The study, which reviewed over 100,000 interviews of families who participated in the National Survey of Children's Health, found that breastfeeding led to a 37% reduction in diagnosed behavior problems.

The study also found a correlation between breastfeeding and improved cognitive development, and study authors reported that children who were breastfed as infants were less likely to suffer from mental illness during childhood.

The duration of breastfeeding also impacts this protection, as the results showed that the longer a child is breastfed, the better the protection against mental illness and behavioral issues.

Want to learn more about the benefits of breastfeeding? Read about how you can Feed with Love and Respect, or find out what other parents have to say about this article on our forums.

AP Month logo AP Month a Huge Success!
Thank you for making our very first Attachment Parenting Month a huge success! 

Though Attachment Parenting Month 2008 has drawn to a close, API is available year round providing parenting support and education as we all continue "Giving Our Children Presence."

Presence is a timeless gift and to continue giving our presence to you as parents, we'll be offering member specials through the 2008 holiday season. And it's never too late to make an AP Month donation.

AP Month 2009 is already in early planning stages, so stay in the loop and start planning your ideas for October 2009!
Cast your vote in API's Essay & Photo Contests
Thank you to everyone who submitted entries for the Attachment Parenting Month Photo and Essay contest! The top entries are now posted on AP Month Central; cast your vote for the photo and the essay that best represents our AP Month theme of "Giving Our Children Presence." 

Winners will be featured in upcoming API publications and websites and will receive memberships and other prizes. 

Vote today
The Attached Family web site The Attached Family is here!
API is proud to announce a wonderful new benefit of membership: The new, members-only online magazine TheAttachedFamily.com!

API Members are free to log in to read articles on 16 parenting topics. The login is members and the access code for the website can be found on pages 1 and 14 of the Fall 2008 Growing Child issue of The Journal of API.

What, you're not a member yet? Sign up today to take advantage of all The Attached Family has to offer, in addition to our great holiday specials.

In addition, you'll soon see the first issue of The Attached Family eZine, a monthly electronic magazine that will feature activities and practical, hands-on tips to help parents connect more with their children. All members receive this new publication.
In This Issue
Put a fan in baby's room

AP Month a Success!

API Essay/Photo Contest

The Attached Family

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Join Delbert McClinton and API in NYC

Are you a blues fan? Do you know one?  This is a perfect, one of a kind blues gift-event.  

Join API Co-Founders Barbara Nicholson and Lysa Parker and legendary blues performers Delbert McClinton, Gary Nicholson and Kevin McKendree in NYC on November 17 for an intimate acoustic blues performance to benefit API. 

Suggested minimum donations of $200 per seat will benefit your favorite non-profit organization: API. 
Seats are limited so reserve today by calling 1.800.DELBERT.
Thanks and farewells
Dear Reader,
In last month's newsletter, Avril Dannenbaum signed off as editor of API Links.  It is with heavy hearts and best wishes that we say good-bye to her, and to the unique and lively voice that she brought to Links.

Last month, we also bid farewell to Brandy Lance, API's Business Coordinator. Both have given much time, energy and talent to API. We hope their next ventures offer fulfillment, peace, and joy. We are so thankful for the commitment and contributions made by you both!

This month, we look forward to building upon the momentum you helped us create during Attachment Parenting Month. You helped us exceed our goal of reaching 1,000 active members, participated in activities and events across the country, and demonstrated all the many ways parents can give their children presence.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Attachment Parenting International
Attachment Parenting International
P.O. Box 4615
Alpharetta, Georgia 30032
(800) 850-8320 - phone and fax
Please feel free to contact us today!