Bonding & Child Care

A blank birth certificate as parents contemplate an adoption name change

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

“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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How Do You Care For Your Child’s Hair?

We asked our readers, "How do you care for and style your transracially-adopted child's hair?" Here's what they shared.

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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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“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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Your first aid kit checklist

First Aid Kit Essentials

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.

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breastfeeding adopted children

What You Need To Know To Breastfeed Your Baby

Few adoptive mothers will tell you that nursing is easy, but almost all will say it's worth the effort.

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Sleep problems in adopted children

Parent-to-Parent: Sleep Problems

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.

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Supplemental nursing

Adoptive Breastfeeding with Supplemental Nursing

One mother shares the special memories she has of bonding with her child during breastfeeding, and the book that helped her figure it out.

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baby massage

Bonding with Baby

"We found that using massage techniques helped our child relax and eased the transition from an orphanage setting to that of a loving family."

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healthy attachment

Into the Safety of Our Hearts from Hard Places

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.

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Ask the Doctor: How Do I Feed My Newborn?

Everything you need to know about bonding with and nourishing your child during feeding times, from an adoption medicine expert.

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