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.

A girl laughs at her mom telling jokes for bonding with her child.

“Fool for Love”

“Fool for Love”

From the start, silliness and laughter have bolstered the bond between my daughter and me.

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Celebrating Sameness in Your Family

Help your preschooler process the world around him by pointing out the ways you are alike.

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An adoptive mom cuddles with her newly adopted baby to promote bonding

Parents Share: “My Best Bonding Advice”

Adoptive moms and dads share their best advice for bonding with a newly adopted child, from taking time off to never leaving a child to cry it out at night.

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an adoptive mother listens to and learns from her child

Lessons I’ve Learned from My Children

Over decades as a foster and adoptive parent and an adoption social worker, I have mothered and supported hundreds of children. Each one has taught me more than I passed along to them. Here is just some of that wisdom.

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Sherri Gragg and her three children

“Black, White, and the Cornrow in Between”

While it might have been “just hair” to me, the emotions were far more tangled for them, with roots deep into the history of oppression between our two peoples.

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A woman sits in a park, breastfeeding an adopted baby

Yes, You Can Breastfeed

Now you need to decide if it's right for you and your family.

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An adoptive mom using a baby carrier

Share Your Story: Baby Carriers

Adoptive moms are passionate about their baby carriers. We asked for your favorites and here's what you said.

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The Recommended Post-Adoption Screening Tests

Post-Arrival Medical Evaluations

Your guide to identifying medical problems common to internationally adopted children.

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Book Review: The Safe Baby

The Safe Baby is an easy-to-follow resource that will give busy parents — adoptive or otherwise — peace of mind.

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adoptive mom Sandy Burkett with her daughter as a toddler

“Are Adoptive Moms Allowed to Have a Bad Day?”

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!”

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When her daughter came home, she saw her fears about adoption attachment were unfounded.

“Loving My Daughter, A Country Apart”

I didn't travel to meet my new daughter. But nothing could stop me from becoming Maura's mommy.

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A blank birth certificate as parents contemplate an adoption name change

“Should We Keep or Change Our Child’s Name?”

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.

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Adoptive parents share considerations when naming your child

Share Your Story: Naming Adoptive Children

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?

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plant growing hearts, as parents grow new hearts to bond with each new child

“What If?”

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.

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Share Your Story: Domestic Adoption and Attachment

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?

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10 Questions to Ask a Pediatrician when you're adopting

Ten Questions to Ask Pediatricians

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.

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