Today’s question is from Sheryl, who just had a new baby join her family last week. She told me she was feeling very nervous about the transition.
We are about to have a baby join our family who will be on a special care order until we adopt her. It is going to be permanent. She is 8 months old and we have seen her every week since she was born. We have 5 birth children from 14 years old down to 4.
We have known since she was 6 weeks old that she may come to live with us. When she is here, which is for about half a day at a time, I feed her, change her, put her to bed, carry her in a sling and try and connect with her.
My sister cared for the baby in my parents’ home for the first 6 weeks, then she moved out and my parents became the baby’s foster parents. She is attached to them.
So where do I go from here? What else can I do to help her attach to us? Are there any books that I can read?
Let’s offer Sheryl our support and suggestions for attachment with her baby. I know many of you will have great ideas; please leave your thoughts as a comment.
If you have a Tuesday Topic question you would like me to present to my wise readers, please email it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Believe it or not, I am actually catching up on my backlog of questions and will need some new ones soon.
Book Group friends, we are reading Chapter 2 of The Whole-Brain Child. Watch for new discussion questions this Thursday. If you would like to join us, you will find a link for the group on my One Thankful Mom page (just scroll down the page a little), or you can email me at email@example.com.
For our friends on the East Coast, our prayers are with you today and we hope you are well. Hug your babies.
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