I think I am seeing the OP's question clearer now. I don't think she
is trying to exclude or make a checklist for what makes an AP parent.
I think she is wondering if we have seen an upswing in people calling
themselves AP and maybe not knowing what the term means. But by
asking that question she is only wanting to discuss the popularity of
the term and not the actions of the parents.
I remember when a friend asked me a parenting question while pregnant.
This was 2 years ago. I started to talk about how I personally see my
parenting, and that I was really glad to find information on the internet
regarding AP parenting. That it helped me define my search when I
needed advise and it also helped me pick books that shared the same
She asked what Attachment Parenting meant. I didn't have a clear
answer so we googled it. Now when I had my daughter I had never
heard the term AP. I was the first of my friends to have a child, I
was a single mom who wanted good advice and stumbled onto the
term. I was excited that AP described me. I felt like I belonged. I
needed that as a new mother, with no mother friends.
Now I have heard the term more and more. It excites me. Most of
my friends have asked me about breast-feeding for future knowledge.
Many have asked me about my co-sleeping. It excites me further.
Because many of these same people said I was a nut when I had my
daughter when I talked about my parenting. They are looking to have
babies in their future and are looking around for advice like I was.
So many I don't know any mothers who call them self AP yet "aren't
practicing AP" but I don't know what they do at home, and I try not
to judge others parenting at a small glance.
But I do see more and more people becoming knowledgeable of the
term. In more and more places that I wouldn't have expected to
hear the term 5 years ago. So it's gaining popularity I imagine. Which
in my book is a GREAT thing.
I say if somebody is attracted to something that is in the best interest
of their children, it doesn't matter how much they embody the term, as
long as they enjoy the journey while they grow. (did that make sense?)
So I think that OP was asking if we have noticed that AP is becoming
a buzz word.