Adoptive Families Blog

An Online Course Created Specifically for Adopting Families!

Posted by Guest Contributor on March 18, 2020

Today's article comes to us from Valerie Trumbower, a DONA Certified Postpartum Doula, a Certified Lactation Counselor and the mother for three, including a set of twins.

Her online courses Expecting 101™ and Expecting 101...You’re Adopting™ have helped many families prepare for life with their newborns. For all things baby, follow her on Instagram @newparentsacademy

Life with a newborn is not easy. Yes, it’s full of super sweet baby faces and lots of cuddles, but it’s definitely not easy. I state this without reservation because I’m a Postpartum Doula, and for years I’ve lived the newborn stage over and over (and over) in the homes of new families. I LOVE what I do, and I truly feel honored to walk alongside families as they get acquainted and find their rhythm. 

I say the same thing over and over when I meet with people before their baby’s arrival: 

It’s just like anything else...if you know what to expect and how to handle situations you might encounter, things will go more smoothly.  

But then...I worked with my first adoptive family. As I met with them before the baby arrived and went through my whole spiel and talked about my recommendation of preparing for life with a newborn, they confirmed that they had, in fact, gone to a newborn class at the local hospital. Turns out, though, that the class was geared towards pregnant couples and that they were the only ones in that room who were adopting. They also said it had been awhile; they took the class almost a year prior since they weren’t sure when they’d be matched. If I can be honest, it made me sad for them for how it must have felt to feel so different in that room. And soon after that conversation, I realized it didn’t need to be that way for adopting families and I could help!

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Topics: Infant adoption, baby registry for adoption, domestic infant adoption, bottle feeding adopted baby, bonding with adopted baby

What Happens If I Have a Babies R Us Registry?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on March 19, 2018

Many adoptive parents-to-be have found it practical to create a baby registry while waiting to adopt.  Making a baby registry can give you the security of knowing you're ready for the day you bring your baby home. "Having an online registry was really a blessing for us. When we were traveling to meet our baby, I ordered some needed items and had them shipped to our hotel. The registry also helped my family and friends plan a baby shower for us when we were back home!" shares one adoptive mom.

So the news about Toys R Us and Babies R Us stores closing across the nation in the next couple of weeks might come as a shock.  According to CNBCToys R Us is planning to either sell or close all of its more than 800 stores across the U.S. The closing and liquidation of Toys R Us stores has lots of people wondering, 'what happens I have a Babies R Us registry?

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Topics: adoption registry, baby registry for adoption

Before You Adopt: Start a Baby Registry

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on January 23, 2017

"How long will we be waiting to adopt a baby?!" This is one of the biggest questions that hopeful adoptive couples have. And, the waiting phase is likely the most difficult thing to do in your adoption journey. So today, Lifetime is giving you another installment in our series Before You Adopt, which shares productive activities that you can do during your adoption wait.

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Topics: Adoption preparation, Waiting to Adopt, adoption wait, adoption readiness, adoption shopping, how to handle the adoption wait, before you adopt, adoption registry, baby registry for adoption