Growing Up Adopted: Parenting Babies and Toddlers


Practical advice for parenting adopted infants, from birth through age 2.

adoptive mom Sandy Burkett with her daughter as a toddler

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

“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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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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Creating a Personal History for Your Adopted Child

Creating a History for Your Teen During Infancy

What we record now about our child will help him or her later in the difficult teen task of forging a positive identity.

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Surviving the Holidays After Adopting a Baby

Surviving the Holidays After Adopting

The arrival of a new baby during the holiday time can be overwhelming for new parents—here's how to have a sane season.

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Timing of elective surgery

When Should You Schedule Surgery?

You may want to postpone elective surgery until your child has been home for four to six months.

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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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One parent supplements her child's diet after adopting a malnourished child.

Nourishing Beyond Growth Charts

How to assess a newly adopted child's nutritional status and get a malnourished child's growth on track.

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Birth parent grief is common after adoption

When Birth Moms Get the Blues

It may take some time for your child's birth mother to work through her grief. But there are ways you can help.

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Attachment at each developmental stage

Bonding with Your Baby

Whether you're adopting a newborn or a toddler, learn how to enhance attachment at each developmental stage.

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Learn about your adopted child development and medical history

Why You Need Your Child’s Medical History

A little information about your child's medical history goes a long way for finding and preventing risks.

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