Many parents and prospective parents in Arizona wish to adopt. While children
in need of adoption can be any age, many adopted children are brought
home as babies. When this is the case, the adopted parents often have
extra preparations to complete before the baby arrives. They prepare the
nursery, make sure there are diapers, milk, bottles, tiny clothes, etc.
Then the day comes to bring the baby home and they realize that all that
preparation led up to one big moment, but that time doesn’t stand
still. New parents of adopted newborns should consider not only what they
are going to do to prepare to bring a newborn home, but also what they
are going to do once the baby is actually home. What can new adoptive
parents do to make their baby’s transition into the home as smooth
Bringing Your Adopted Baby Home:
First and foremost, go with the flow. Just assume that your baby will be
a little out of sorts at first. Regardless of how much information you
have about their history or how much you prepare for their arrival, they’ve
gone from one routine to another. They are dealing with a new set of faces,
an entire houseful of new things to see, hear and smell. It’s not
uncommon for a baby in this situation to have trouble sleeping or eating
at first. They will need a little time to adjust.
Second, make sure to know who your reinforcements are and call on them
whenever you have a need. Every new parent needs someone to help out now
and then. Sometimes you just don’t have enough hands. Taking care
of your baby and yourself has to be the top priority. Don’t shy
away from requesting help if you need it – especially when friends
and family offer assistance. Take them at their work. They want to be
there for you.
Stay close to your baby so that you have the opportunity to bond. Kiss
their tears away, snuggle them when they can’t sleep, carry them
in a front carrier as you wash the dishes or do housework or take a walk.
Simply being there and holding your baby will allow them to learn that
you’ll be there when they need you.
Stick to a positive routine. This is comforting to a child. It allows them
to know what to expect. When they can count on something, it is soothing
– particularly for adopted children and babies who are already transitioning
from one life to a new one. Let baby’s schedule be predictable so
they can expect and depend on times for playing, sleeping, eating, snuggling, etc.
If you have more questions or concerns about
newborn adoption in Arizona, please touch base with one of the experienced Arizona adoption lawyers at
Arizona Family Law Attorneys. We have helped many parents through the AZ adoption process and can provide
you with helpful insight and answers to your questions.