Tips for bonding with a newly adopted baby

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Tips for bonding with a newly adopted baby

Bonding with an adopted baby is really no different than bonding with a biological baby. It's important to remained in tune with, and close and communicating with your baby at all times. Your bond will be established in the same was as if your baby was a biological baby. There are a few things you can do before your baby is born, that might help facilitate your own sense of familiarity with you, more the baby than with you. That is to get the baby as familiar with your voice, your temperament, as much as you possibly can in utero. Perhaps read a book to your baby in utero or record it and have the mother play if for the baby. That way, the baby is getting familiar of your voice as much as possible. When the baby comes home with you, she already feels that sense of security because she's familiar with your voice. If you can, try and give her the same experiences that a biological child will having in building familiarity with who you are as a person.

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When her son was born, Aimee found herself in uncharted waters. She knew she wanted to be a different type of parent than her parents had been. After years of self-exploration, she felt she had healed a lot of her childhood emotional wounds and that she could be a good mother but she didn't really know how to parent differently. She went to Mommy and Me classes, breastfeeding groups, you name it, searching to fill a void she initially could not identify. They were all helpful but not what she felt she was longing for. She realized she was looking for a safe place to really talk about the challenges she was facing every day. Unfortunately, it seemed that none of the forums she found as a new mother were able to provide that. She vowed then to create such a place for parents, and the idea for Parenting Discovery Center was born.

Her educational background in psychology had nurtured her tremendous curiosity about the impact and importance of infant attachment. Her research in this area had equipped her with a conscious sieve to help evaluate the overwhelming amount of parenting advice available. What she found was that at a time of total vulnerability, parents are often taught parenting techniques that cause them to unwittingly undermine this important and essential bond. 

The Center provides a safe and supportive environment for exploring the emotions and challenges faced by new parents. They are also here to help peoople understand the importance of attachment and help parents build a conscious bond with their baby based upon their individual family's values and lifestyle. 

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