The International Attachment Network presents:

Crying Babies and Secure Attachment

An Interactive Zoom Workshop.

Saturday 21st November 17.00 – 19.00 

Speaker: Aletha Solter Ph.D. Developmental Psychologist, author, and founder of the Aware Parenting Institute (

Many parents find it difficult to create a secure attachment with a baby who cries a lot. In fact, crying is a major factor contributing to child abuse. Attachment can be strengthened by helping parents understand that crying does not always indicate an immediate need and does not mean that the parents are incompetent. Crying can also be a healthy stress-release mechanism. In this talk, we will discuss these two major functions of crying as well as the sources of stress and trauma in babies (including birth trauma), which can lead to increased crying. You will learn how to respond to stress-release crying by therapeutic holding and listening. This “crying-in-arms” approach builds confidence in parents, contributes to secure attachment, and helps babies sleep better at night. Note: This is NOT a cry-it-out (controlled crying) approach.

This presentation is for parents as well as professionals (teachers, psychologists, psychotherapists, counselors, doctors, nurses, social workers, etc.). The information applies to children from birth to age two. It includes an exercise with a partner and time for questions.

Ticket prices are subsidized by IAN and all profits fund the work of the International Attachment Network. It is policy of the International Attachment Network to keep audience size to a minimum so that all attendees may engage directly with the speaker, therefore tickets are limited and early purchase is advised.

IAN members and AGIP members £40 | Non-members £60


About the Speaker

Aletha Solter Ph.D. is a Swiss/American developmental psychologist, author of five books, and founder of the Aware Parenting Institute ( She studied with Dr. Jean Piaget in Switzerland, where she obtained a Master’s degree in human biology. She holds a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of California. Aletha is recognized internationally as an expert on attachment, trauma, and non-punitive discipline. Her books have been translated into many languages, and she has given presentations for parents and professionals in 17 countries. She lives in southern California and is the mother of two grown children.

The English titles of her books are: The Aware Baby, Cooperative and Connected, Tears and Tantrums, Raising Drug-Free Kids, and Attachment Play.