First Year Home: Now What?

Most adoptive parents come home with their new child unsure how to meet all his needs, and to form a strong attachment. Our experts answer common questions from that first year.

Before adopting, Adoptive Families readers uniformly report that their biggest worry is about attaching to their child. Although we may know what research has shown—adoptive families form bonds as successfully and intensely as biological families—many of us worry anyway. What will happen in our family? What if we do something that hampers attachment? The good news is that bonding emerges naturally through everyday child care. As you feed, rock to sleep, play with, and cuddle your new child, you will ...

Expert answers to all your common questions about sleeping, feeding, bonding, and more, with an eye to facilitating a strong attachment.


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