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Parenting Toddlers or Babies May Be for Your Foster or Adoptive Family If...

Thinking About Fostering or Adopting a Toddler or Baby?

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Parenting toddlers and babies brings new joys and challenges.

Parenting toddlers and babies brings new joys and challenges.

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When thinking about accepting a foster or adoptive placement, there are several points we must consider as parents. The age of a child is one of them. Yes, toddlers and babies are so cute, but when considering whether or not to take on the challenge of parenting a toddler or baby full-time, here are a few things to consider.

Parenting Toddlers and Babies May Be Right for Your Foster or Adoptive Family If...

  • ...you are ready for high energy and physically demanding parenting as toddlers and babies need constant attention to their day-to-day basic needs.
  • ...you are willing to educate yourself on current guidelines on car seats and crib safety.
  • ...you are excited about the prospect of late night feedings.
  • ...you are ready to function on less sleep due to late night feedings.
  • ...you know who Elmo, Dora, Diego, or the Imagination Movers are, or you're willing to learn.
  • ...you have a rocking chair and you're ready to start rocking little ones to sleep.
  • ...you are ready to give up impromptu trips to the grocery store or going to the movies as each outing with a little one requires planning and preparation.
  • ...you're ready to pack a diaper bag and carry it around everywhere you go.
  • ...you have the strength and endurance required to carry a baby or toddler and can lift up to thirty to forty pounds without major issue.
  • ...the idea of changing diapers doesn't completely scare you off.
  • ...the idea of potty training doesn't completely scare you off.
  • ...you are ready to baby proof your home to ensure a toddler or baby's safety.
  • ...you are ready to parent a toddler or baby and help the child regain trust in a caregiver so that they can grow up with normal, healthy attachments.

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