So, after two years we have been matched with a little girl, she's nearly 12 months. We're both excited and apprehensive and would love any book suggestions we should read - both for adoptive and non adoptive parents, I think reading both will be useful. Let's hope the panel goes to plan! x
'What every parent needs to know' by Margot Sunderland. Very interesting and useful about all babies' brain development and the effect of attachment. Not written specifically about babies who are adopted, but the author has a background in adoption and trauma, and the information reads across well.
Congratulations!! I bought the general toddler books such as 'What to expect'....I bought a book about attachment but found it was aimed at adopters of older kids so gave it it another adopter. I also taught my daughter (who arrived at 11 months) to do baby signing 'Sing and Sign' so that she could communicate with me whilst she was learning to talk. It's simple stuff like signing more, please, drink, milk, all the animals, park, slide etc etc. It's a lovely bonding thing watching the DVD together and learning to sign. When my son arrived I taught him too. The both have excellent language now (aged 2 and 3).
The Social toddler by Clive & Helen Dorman helps you see the world as a toddler sees it. Focus on promoting positive behaviour. Why love matters by Sue Gerhardt, is about how affection shapes the infants brain development.