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.

Picture of someone feeding their baby close to them, one of the ways to bond

10 Expert-Devised, Baby-Approved Ways to Form a Loving Bond

10 Expert-Devised, Baby-Approved Ways to Form a Loving Bond

Wondering how to bond with your new baby? Check out these 10 easy-peasy tips!

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Attachment Through the First Year with Your Child

First Year Home: Now What?

Expert answers to all your common questions about sleeping, feeding, bonding, and more, with an eye to facilitating a strong attachment.

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A family during their transition after adoption

“Watching Our Daughter Bloom”

Our conception came via e-mail and our pregnancy required a passport, but we still witnessed the miracle of life as our daughter bloomed before our eyes.

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After intitial resistance to adoption, these two boys found a forever family

“When My Son Decided to Take a Chance on Love”

How a close call gave my new son the courage to take a chance on love.

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A family who moved past reactive attachment disorder

“Learning to Love in Our New Family”

I had gone to the end of the world to find my baby. So why didn't we bond, and why didn't I feel like a mother?

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In this personal essay, one adoptive mother describes how she knew attachment was complete, when her daughter called her mom.

“Knowing Me As Mom”

Before we adopted her, Grace had never called anyone Mom or Dad. But she understood the concept of family with a wisdom beyond her years.

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In this personal essay, one mother describes how bonding was different with her adopted daughter and her biological daughter.

“How was the bonding?”

The woman's question was the very one I had long ago asked strangers. And it was one I'd had to find the answer to on my own.

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Family racing to get to their sudden adoption

“Two Days to Adoption”

We’d had seven days notice for our first adoption. For our second, four. Now, two. It was as if we’d been training for this moment, and we were at peak performance.

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One woman learns about adoptive motherhood in mother nature.

“The Most Natural Adoption”

As a newly minted adoptive mom reveling in my bond with my daughter, it just seemed natural to me when a mother goat on our farm took in a baby lamb.

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Our readers share their stories of becoming an adoptive parent.

(Finally!) Feeling Like A Parent

We asked our readers, "When did you know in your heart that you were a mother or a father?" Here's what they had to say!

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Lack of knowledge can be a puzzle for many adoptive parents

“Just a Simple Scar”

A daughter joins her family with a mysterious scar on her leg, adding another piece to the puzzle that is her young life.

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Read one mother's story of fostering adoption attachment with her son.

“Jon’s (Finally) Fearless Smile”

A little boy. His new mom. What ultimately brought the two of them together? Music, sweet, sweet music.

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Information on adoption and baby formula

Adoption Medicine — Formula Facts

Use the following guidelines to help you and your child's doctor make the best formula choice for your infant.

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Overcoming adoption sleep problems may take some time

Overcoming Sleep Problems

Our newly adopted child has problems sleeping. Some nights, she will resist being put to bed, and will wake up several times through the night. How can we help her get a good night's sleep?

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Adoptive breastfeeding worked for this family

“Nursing Matthew”

Breastfeeding my baby has been one of the most challenging — and rewarding — things I've ever done.

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