Parenting is one of the most rewarding experiences in life. If you’re ready to adopt and have decided on adopting a newborn baby, you’re in for one exciting adventure. In most cases, a newborn baby can be anywhere from 24 hours to 3 days old and are discharged directly from the hospital. No matter the age, the first few months of adoption is the time to connect, care and develop a bond with your new child.
If you’re a first-time parent in need of advice, here’s what you should know when adopting a newborn baby.
Build An Attachment
While a baby will not smile or coo until the 6-week mark, there is plenty you can do to nurture and advance your relationship with an adopted newborn. Attachment is a fundamental core in any relationship. The more you care for a newborn and their needs, the more receptive they will be towards you. Show physical contact with an infant by holding them, kissing them and stroking their head. It also helps to speak with them face to face, so they can recognize your voice and facial features.
Newborns sleep on and off for about 18-20 hours per day. Typically, they only awake for meals or comfort. The best way to create a routine for you and your newborn is to develop a sleep schedule. Try to keep feeding, napping and bedtime around the same time everyday for the first couple of weeks or months.
Feeding helps create a bond with your new baby. Because they have very small stomachs, you will have to feed a newborn quite frequently – about every 2 or 3 hours. If you do not think your newborn is eating enough, talk to your pediatrician or check their diaper for stool.
While every newborn is different, one thing about babies is constant – lots and lots of diapers. Newborns urinate approximately 2-4 times a day and poop 1-2 times a day during their first week of birth. While their stool is usually black the first day or two, you can expect it to turn light brown in a matter of days. If you notice an unusual color, contact your pediatrician.
If you are ready to start your journey of adoption, contact ABC For Adoption. We understand that adoption can be a long and difficult process but we are here to make adoption run smoothly for birth parents and the adoptive couples. Visit www.abcforadoption.com or give ABC for Adoption a call at 1-888-44-ADOPT with any questions about our non-profit.