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.

Adoption Experts answer your questions.

Ask AF: Will Multiple Family Moves Disrupt Attachment?

Ask AF: Will Multiple Family Moves Disrupt Attachment?

Our daughter came home two years ago, at 11 months old. In that time, we moved in with my parents while we built a new house, then moved into that house, and, now, it looks like we will have to move again for a new job.

Trust and Fear of the Unknown in Adoption

“What Will This Baby Be Like?”

A mother shares the "new, unexpected, and amazing" attributes of her adopted son, of which no one talked about at the start of their adoption journey.

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Bond with your baby like this happy mother and child

Connecting Through Everyday Baby Care

Dressing, feeding, burping, tickling, tucking into bed — the nuts and bolts of baby care bring the moments that can draw you together.

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An adoptive mother and her son, a child with disabilities

“Great Non-Expectations”

The intense motherly love that washed over me after Jack's adoption was a shock to everyone — especially me.

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Talking About Birth

“Talking About Adoption at Bedtime”

My daughter brings stuff up at bedtime. Most five-year-olds do; they don’t want to be left alone to sleep. She likes when I tell her stories in the dark and rub her back. Who wouldn’t like all that? Aside: bedtime can—if I let it—take forever.

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sleep routine

Establishing a Sleep Routine

All parents long for a peaceful bedtime routine: Read your child a story, kiss her goodnight, and don't see her again until morning. If you understand how children learn to sleep all night, you can help your child manage her sleep and security needs, as you promote her attachment to you.

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One father's fears about attachment.

“Reaching Out for Her Dad”

I had expected to form an attachment slowly, but I was instantly smitten with my daughter. She was the one who came around in her own time.

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