Preparing for Baby-Adoption

Since we are deep into the paperwork of adopting a baby, we feel as though we are "Paper Pregnant". It it exciting, yet it feels weird. We want to be like a "normal" couple and prepare for the arrival of a child. Just as biological parents, adoptive parents need to prepare a nursery.

I often folic through the baby aisles of stores day dreaming and wishing. In my mind, I have planned all the details of what I want my sweet child to have and use. I have spent way too much time comparing products to one another. I have had to keep busy some how over the past 5 years, so looked up the most popular strollers, swings, diapers and more.

There are millions of baby product lists dotted around the internet. After a few conversations with couples that were placed with a child within a week or two, I was able to put together a "Must Buy" list.


  • Car Seat
  • Crib/Bassinet
  • Mattress
  • Diapers
  • Bottles
  • Clothing
  • Blanket(s)
  • Burp Clothes/Towels/Bibs


Now many of you may think that it is unnecessary to purchase all these items, because the beloved baby shower provides many of these as gifts. But keep in mind that many adoption agencies advise against baby showers before the baby arrives due to the uncertainty of the adoption. Some people still receive a shower before the placement of the child and others received a "Welcome Shower" after the baby is placed with them. The items above are needed to make it through the first month of life. These are the items that 2 different couples ran through Target and Toys R Us to buy with only a week's notice. A Swing, Bouncer, Stroller, and Carrier are great buys, but you can determine if you need to purchase those items within the first week.

During the Waiting period, do not hesitate to make your future child feel at home. Homemade items are a great way to provide an unique touch to your child and nursery. I have tried my hand at crocheting. More details to come. But if you are not crafty, head over to Shop Amazon - The Handmade Baby Store. The crafters that made these products pay great attention to details and provide you with unique products that the big box stores will not have. The best part is that you are purchasing from small businesses, WAHM (work at home moms), and individual entrepreneurs. If you don't need to decorate the room or baby, you can check out beautiful handmade toys and games.

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