After finally realizing my dream of becoming a mother, I found what most new parents find—along with the bliss come days filled with crying, spit-up, and leaking diapers. But when I dared to vent, I was chided: “You wanted to adopt…you asked for this!”
Bonding with Your Baby After Adoption
Expert advice for parents on child care and bonding with their baby after adoption, as well as stories from adoptive parents who have been there.
I didn't travel to meet my new daughter. But nothing could stop me from becoming Maura's mommy.
We carefully choose our children's names. But wait—our children will soon have their own ideas about who they are and what they should be called.
Babies are demanding little creatures whose needs for food and dry diapers and cuddling and comforting rarely occur only during the day. Here’s how adoptive parents can get ready.
We asked our readers, "How do you care for and style your transracially-adopted child's hair?" Here's what they shared.
In "Naming Madison", Dawn Friedman argued in favor of keeping her daughter's birth name. We asked our readers: Should adoptive parents choose their child's name?
Sometimes love comes easy. Other times, it must be earned. This is the story of how I let go of my preconceived ideas about bonding and motherhood and became brave enough to trust my heart.
What if I don’t love this child the same as I love the others? This question is probably every pre-adoptive parent’s most secret worry. Here are the words that reassured me.
We asked our readers: Before your adoption, were you concerned about bonding with your baby? After your newborn came home, what parenting techniques did you practice that enhanced attachment?
When you're in the process of adopting an infant, there are things you should know about your potential pediatrician. Start with these top queries.
One thing about parenthood is practically guaranteed. If your new baby gets sick, it will be in the middle of the night...in a snowstorm. Be prepared with these must-have items.
"Adoptive families get to know their children for who they are, something that biological families usually don't do," says the author.
Few adoptive mothers will tell you that nursing is easy, but almost all will say it's worth the effort.
We asked our readers, "What sleep problems did you encounter after you adopted your child, and how did you handle them?" Here's what they said.
There's no one best diaper for baby. Just choose the one that suits your style.
Waking in the night is very common and can have many causes.
A parent solicits opinions about a day care that encourages the children to call the employees “Auntie” and the other children “brothers and sisters.”
One mother shares the special memories she has of bonding with her child during breastfeeding, and the book that helped her figure it out.
"We found that using massage techniques helped our child relax and eased the transition from an orphanage setting to that of a loving family."
Years of working with at-risk adopted children have taught us powerful truths about how to forge a strong parent-child connection. When children have experienced maltreatment or neglect prior to adoption, the idea of family may be confusing to them.