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 bedtime routine leads to good sleep

Establishing a Healthy Sleep Routine

Establishing a Healthy Sleep Routine

Help your child sleep through the night while promoting her attachment to you.

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How to develop a healthy feeding relationship.

Winning Your Child’s Trust Around the Dinner Table

In an excerpt from her guide to enjoying family meals, our childhood feeding specialist explains how to show your foster or adopted children love through food.

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Adoption Fears: How I Overcame Mine

“I Was Afraid to Adopt. I Was Afraid Not to Adopt.”

"It's hard to believe how reluctant I once was to adopt. In hindsight, I can see how much I needed this all along." — Dennis Kneale

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Mary Ostyn overcame her son's attachment difficulties

“Two Very Different Paths to Attachment”

Our kids both came to us at 20 months old, but bonding with each child required very different tactics.

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Fear of Developmental Delays

“Bringing Him Home”

The medical report faxed to us said our son could "speak in full sentences" and proclaimed him healthy. So who was this eerily quiet toddler on the exam table?

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Sleep Routines for Adoptive Children

Raising a Sound Sleeper

When we, as new parents or parents-to-be, think about our children sleeping, we all dream of a happy, peaceful child sleeping soundly while we’re in the other room getting a full night’s rest ourselves. This is rarely the reality, however—at least at the beginning of parenthood. How do we make that dream a reality?

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Attaching Through Love, Hugs, and Play, by Deborah D. Gray

[Book Review] Attaching Through Love, Hugs and Play

The author of Attaching in Adoption has released another book on bonding at any age.

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Playing with your child is a key component of our guide to bonding

An Age-by-Age Guide to Bonding

No matter how old your child is when she comes home, learn how to boost her attachment and connect her to her new family.

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returning to work after adoption leave

Bonding While You Work

Adoptive Families readers received, on average, 9.6 weeks of leave from work. Here’s how to make an informed childcare decision, and keep the transition from disrupting your bond.

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