Your adopted child needs quantity time: a stable, secure, warm and loving environment with you always there.
Point to objects and name them. Talk about what you are doing and why you are doing it.
When wanting your child to do something, give clear, simple instructions and then do the task together.
Spend time doing a lot of attachment activities (any ideas here?).
Follow the child’s lead in play. Discover your child’s personality and interests.
Display a lot of family photos with your new child and other photos of your new child around home.
Don’t let your child be alone ever. If your child is very young you might even need to take the child into the bathroom and or shower with you. You might try bathing together.
Don’t let your child be too independent. Your child needs to learn to depend on you. Regress through healthy dependence. Don’t let your child play independently for long periods of time. Even when cooking, let your child play nearby (i.e. taking pans out of the cupboard or helping you). Sit together when eating.
Go to age appropriate parks, restaurants, museums, library, etc.
Keep track of age appropriate developmental progress using development charts. Your child will most likely have some developmental delays, but should soon catch-up.
Child should have a consistent, daily schedule.
Respond immediately to crying
Meet child’s needs immediately (diapers, food, comfort)
Smile, reward good behavior and achievement with hugs, smiles
Try to keep a positive mood
Carry the child a lot, if possible, keep him close
Be compassionate about irrational fears. Give child a flash night at night or water pistol if this will help
Make faces, be silly
Massage child’s skin with lotion. Wear the same lotion so you smell alike.
Wear the same color sometimes and point that out
Never break promises
Make an activity index card box with attachment and other activities- the child can pick a card
Try baby signing
(See book Baby Signs
Read books with facial expressions that reflect moods and a mirror to practice
Play; sing songs, finger plays, nursery rhymes
Use younger toys and games then their actual age- know the child’s developmental age
Good tooth care: Use fluoridated water, drink milk, toothbrush and paste- teach them
Teach child how to clean himself in the tub (good time to clean the bathroom too)
Take child wherever you go at first
Be consistent with your and your child’s detergent (allergy free), soap, shampoo- don't change smell
Do not let others besides Mom and Dad comfort child at first
Feed her ice cream, other foods (don’t let her feed herself at first)
No propped bottles
Introduce relatives and visitors slowly one at a time
Go slow- don’t hurry your child
Don’t over-schedule- do what she likes to do
About the first six months no babysitters/ never leave unsupervised/ child sits, plays, works and rests near parent
Begin with leaving for a 15-minute period. Leave the child in your home with a responsible person the child knows.
When you do finally leave your child to go out for an evening let the child use your pillow in her bed, wear Mom’s t-shirt to bed, give him a photo of you and tell him that you have one of her that you are carrying in your purse. Be reliable- return when expected. Do not ask child if it is OK for you to go out.
After a few months, branch out into attending playgroups, mommy and me classes, story time at the library
Transition into daycare or preschool after being home a year or two
Important to have family dinners, vacations, special birthdays, family outings (i.e. swimming, camping, boating, shopping, out to eat)
Labels: after adoption: transitioning successfully, bonding activities with your adopted child