Baby Care Resources for Adopting Parents

The adoption process involves a lot of waiting.  You expect it, but its tough.  I’ve been going a bit stir-crazy between being stuck inside with this harsh winter (-21C? -40 wind chill?! What?!) and no activity from the agency.

So to fill the wait I’ve been trying to read up on all things baby/child care.  I figured who has time to read through a 300 page baby book about how to soothe colic while holding a screaming infant?  After a trip to the library, bunch of time on Amazon and asking an online adoption group, I realized that there seems to be no books on baby care for prospective adoptive parents.  I wasn’t expecting many but still, even just one or two!

photo: helpel via flickr
photo: helpel via flickr

I can imagine all the things these books would include, all without having to pass over chapter after chapter of things that don’t pertain to you, or being scolded about things you have no control over (like the admonishment that breast milk is the only food your baby should be eating, but you know, if you have to formula feed then well okaaay, we’ll give you a very brief snippet about bottle feeding.)

Because I don’t have the expertise to write such a book (though it would be great if someone who does reads this!), I thought I would try to gather information for the prospective parent all in one place.

Please keep in mind things might be different depending on your location (things like buying expectant parents gifts is illegal here, even a cup of coffee), double-check with your practitioner, agency or doctor if you’re not sure.

Baby care resources

The Wait Surviving the Wait for Your Adopted Baby

IAC: Surviving the Adoption Wait

The Match Meeting

America Adopts!: Your First Meeting with an Expectant Mother Considering  Adoption: Tips for Success

Adoptimist Blog: Tips for Meeting with a Potential Birth Mom

AdoptionStar: What to Expect When you are Matched (really comprehensive, covers a lot of the things I’ve mentioned above)

Baby Essentials

Ask the Adoption Doulas: What Do I REALLY Need to Bring Home Baby?

hellobee: Top 10 Adopted Newborn Essentials

Holding to the Ground: What Should We Take? Adoption Packing Lists

Scary Mommy: What to Pack for an Adoption Trip

Baby Care

Baby Center: Newborn Baby Care

Baby Center: Baby Sleep Basics: Birth to 3 Months

Baby Center: 12 Reasons Babies Cry and How to Soothe Them

Baby Center: Crying & Colic

Baby Center: Baby Diapering & Bottom Care

Formula Feeding

Fearless Formula Feeders: The FF Quick-and-Dirty Guide to Formula Feeding: Mixing bottles

BabyCenter: Formula Feeding

Bottle Babies

Jezebel: Sorry – You Can’t Guilt Trip Me About Bottle Feeding My Kids

Adoptive Breastfeeding

Kellymom: Relactation and Adoptive Breastfeeding: The Basics

Lact-aid: Frequently Asked Questions About Nursing Adopted Babies

La Leche League International: Adoptive Breastfeeding


Adoptive Families: Bonding with Baby at Each Developmental Stage

Adoptive Families: Attachment Answers

BabyCentre: Bonding with your Adopted Baby

Babywearing and Adoption


 IAAC: Navigating a Successful Open Adoption

America Adopts: 10 Things I’ve Learned in 10 years of an Open Adoption

Adoptive Families: Returning to the Well

(Book) The Open-Hearted Way to Open Adoption: Helping your Child Grow Up Whole  Probably the best book on open adoption!

I expect I’ll probably come across more useful links as we wait, and would love to add to this list as time goes on.  Please feel free to share links in the comments that you think would be helpful to be included!


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