Growing Up Adopted: Parenting Babies and Toddlers


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

Learn about your adopted child development and medical history

Why You Need Your Child’s 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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A bedtime routine leads to good sleep

Establishing a Healthy Sleep Routine

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

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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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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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Testing a baby for vision and hearing problems

Healthy Eyes and Ears

Your newly adopted infant has a lot of information to take in. Proper screening will ensure that he's tuned in.

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Teaching grandparents about adoption.

Getting the Grandparents on Board

Their grandparents' love secures our children a place in the family. Here's how to teach the older generation about adoption.

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A smiling baby, progressing through the stages of infant development

When You Adopt a Baby: An Overview of Developmental Stages

A look at what to expect at different developmental stages of babyhood—and what each stage means for adoptive parents.

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Communicating with your baby using sign language

When You and Your Baby Don’t Speak the Same Language

Have you been hit by the terrible twos? Sign language can be a great way to help your child communicate their needs before they can speak.

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