If you are adopting a newborn, you already know how exciting it can be.
Your method of letting that excitement out into the world may be to over-prepare,
but if not, you could find that your excitement acts as more of an inhibitor
to action than a catalyst. If this is the case and you fear that you aren’t
preparing for you newborn adoption as thoroughly as you expected, you
might want to try making a list of essentials. Start with a list of newborn
adoption essentials. The list may vary and, in reality, yours could be
very different than the example provided, but this will provide you with
a good starting point if your sheer elated state at the prospect of bringing
home your adopted newborn has stopped your preparations in their tracks.
Newborn Adoption Essentials:
Having run through the list of newborn baby essentials above, you’ve
probably already realized a couple you’d like to add to your own
list and remove from this one and that’s the entire point. If you
need assistance determining how best to prepare to
adopt a newborn in Arizona, please get in touch. At
Arizona Family Law Attorneys
we are ready to assist you.
- The Always Handy Pack N’Play: When you are adopting a baby, you might
not know if you’ll need to travel out of town for the baby’s
delivery. If the baby is born out of state, you may find that you need
to stay in a temporary location for an extended period of time. This makes
the Pack N’Play the perfect first crib.
- An Assortment of Bottles: It’s difficult to guess what your new baby
will prefer when it comes to the bottle. Some babies are picky, but others
are not. In case you have a picky baby, it’s best to have several
options of different types of bottles on hand so there will be minimal
fuss if one or two is refused. If you end up without a picky baby, they’ll
probably be fine with all of them. So there’s no harm in being prepared
- A Formula Mixing Pitcher: Adopted infants mean a lot of formula. The most
efficient way to mix formula is with the use of a formula mixing pitcher
or similar tool. Time saving tools are a must for parents of new babies.
- Formula Storage Containers: Unless you simply enjoy carting around the
large canister of formula, be prepared with small, portable containers
for formula when you’re ready to venture out of the house with your
newborn. Just keep them filled and packed up with bottled water in your
- A White Noise Machine (or White Noise App on Your Smartphone): Some babies
that have a really difficult time sleeping will find certain “white
noise” extremely helpful.
- Diaper Bag or Bags: Some prefer to have one diaper that sticks with the
newborn wherever they may go, but you may find that a diaper for Mom and
a diaper bag for Dad is a better idea. Discuss it and figure out what
works best for you and make the necessary preparations.
- Your Favorite Swaddle Wrap: If you don't know what a swaddle wrap is,
talk to a recent mom and get a few good recommendations. A swaddle wrap
is great for “holding” your adopted newborn close even when
you need your hands free. Since this is an important aspect for bonding
with the adopted newborn, you will want to have the option available as
soon as you come home with your adopted baby.
- Baby’s Bouncing Chair: The bouncy chair for baby is a classic for
a reason. They are lifesavers when nothing else seems to work.