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Time for Toddlers

Toddlers can bring a unique set of challenges to new and seasoned parents alike, but support is just a click away. We’ve compiled our best resources from the AF archives for parents adopting and raising kids ages 1-3. Scroll down for tips on toddler adjustment, establishing routines, sleeping though the night, and more.

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Small Wonders
by Rochelle Green

Straddling the line between infancy and autonomy, toddlers experience adoption in unique ways. Here's what you need to know to face the challenge -- and savor the joys.


"Forming a Healthy Attachment," by JoAnne Solchany
Whatever your child’s history, responsive parenting is key to a secure, loving relationship.


Establishing a Routine,” by Bonnie Perkel
When it comes to easing your baby’s transition to your home, consistency is key.


When One Parent Is Rejected,” by Mary HopkinsBest, Ed.D.
How to cope when a newly adopted toddler rejects you.


When Food Becomes a Battleground,” by Barbara Holtan
Parents must realize that a child who rejects food isn't rejecting them.


Ready, Set, Regress,” by Bonnie Perkel
Some children need a little extra babying before they're ready to get on with growing up.



The Pacifier Versus the Thumb,” by Julie Michaels
There's no reason to introduce pacifiers to older children who've been doing just fine without them.


Perchance to Dream,” by Sarah Springer, M.D.
With your consistent care, your baby will learn to sleep through the night.


Ask the Doctor: Nutrition 101,” by Deborah Borchers, M.D.
How to make sure your child is properly nourished and develops healthy eating habits.


Early Intervention: Spotting Problems in Your Child’s Development,” by Larissa Phillips
If your baby or toddler isn’t hitting developmental milestones, help is here—at little or no cost—thanks to Early Intervention services nationwide.


Toddling Toward Teens,” by Joan McNamara
What we record now about our child will help him or her later in the difficult teen task of forging a positive identity.


Someone to Watch Over Me,” by Janis Cooke Newman
A Russian toddler flourishes despite a babyhood in an orphanage abroad.


Settling In,” by Christy Cameron
When the first few weeks of parenthood were rocky, I found myself worrying: Did we adopt a child I'll never be able to love?


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