Adoptive Families Blog

7 Must-Have's to Pack for Adoption Travel

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on April 30, 2018

In adoption today, parents waiting to adopt often cannot predict when they will get “the call” to go meet the baby they long to add to their family. Babies are born at all hours and it’s important to be ready to GO when the opportunity to adopt comes calling. This moment is full of mixed emotions, from sheer joy to the jitters.

Remember, most hospitals are located within a short drive to a local mega-mart or drug store, so don’t panic if you pack light and stock up on what you need once you travel. There are some things for adoption travel that you can prepare now, so you have less to pack, and less to remember when the time comes to meet your baby. Consider your hospital packing list ahead of time. Here’s what we suggest getting ready:

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Topics: Domestic Adoption, adoption travel tips, adoption travel tip, adopt a baby

Adoption Registry: Shopping Checklist for Parents-in-Waiting

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on September 2, 2016

Here's our follow-up to last week's post, Buying for Baby: Should we stock up now or later?

So you’re ready to start your adoption registry or wish list, but aren’t sure where to start? Lifetime has created this adoption shopping checklist so you can be sure you have all the needed essentials on your registry for adoption.

Remember, you may need to customize your own list, based on your adoption search goals. For example, if you’re open to a child between the ages of newborn to 2 years old, you may not want to stock up on newborn clothing or buy an infant car seat until you know for sure the age and needs of the specific child you adopt.

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Topics: Infant adoption, Newborn Adoption, adoption travel tips, adopt a baby, adoption shopping, what to pack when traveling for your adoption, adoption shopping checklist, adoption checklists, Your Adoption Checklist

Buying for Baby: Should we stock up now or later?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on August 26, 2016

Adoptive parents-in-waiting ask: “Should we have a nursery or room ready before we adopt?” The answer to this will vary parent to parent—some families prefer to wait so that an empty room or unused gear aren’t sitting unused, while others like knowing they are ready and stocked for when their child arrives. Whatever you decide to do in your adoption path, it IS wise to plan ahead for some things, even if it’s just to create a registry or have a list of items you know you’ll want or need when it’s time for your adoption.

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Topics: Adoption Tips, Infant adoption, Newborn Adoption, adoption travel tips, adoption tip, what to pack when traveling for your adoption

Adoption Q&A: Should We Have a Car Seat Before We Adopt?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on April 11, 2016

Our post from last Friday about what to pack for adoption travel has triggered this question from a hopeful adoptive mother:

Question: “We’re wondering if we should bring a car seat with us or buy one when we get to where our baby will be born?”

Answer: This may be a personal decision, but here’s what’s worked for other adoptive parents, considering all aspects and options available:

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Topics: adoption travel tips, adoption travel tip

Adoption Webinar Next Week: Traveling for Adoption

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on December 3, 2015

Next Thursday at 4pm Pacific, Lifetime Adoption will be hosting a special webinar about traveling for adoption. We hope you can join us!

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Topics: Adoption webinar, adoption travel tips, adoption travel tip

Adoption Travel Tip

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on January 27, 2015

Recently on Lifetime Adoption’s Facebook page, we asked past adoptive families “If you could give waiting adoptive parents one adoption travel tip, what would it be?” Here’s what people had to say:

“For me it was pack smart. I only brought the necessities (my clothes, toiletries, pre-washed baby clothes and cameras). Everything else was bought when I arrived… Amazon Smile was very helpful and my purchases supported Lifetime Foundation. If you haven't bought one, buy the car seat local, though you can check it or gate check it, it’s one less thing to manage. I didn't and really wish I had.”

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Topics: adoption travel tips