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The Older Child

The Older Child

Every book and web site for new parents has an abundance of information on how to prepare your home for baby. You’ll know what to buy, and in many cases, your friends and family are more than happy to shower you with gifts!

For the family adopting an older child, being prepared is just as important, if not as widely discussed. Sometimes you may not know exactly how old your adopted child will be until much closer to the date they come home, nor will you know their exact size or preferences. If you are facing uncertainty about your eagerly anticipated child, it might be better to adopt a wait and see approach or err on the side of caution when shopping and accepting gifts. While clothing presents a challenge, school supplies and games are appropriate across a wider age gap.

And remember—your child is going to love being a part of your family for what you can give from your heart, not from your wallet. No need to go overboard on buying. There will be plenty of time to give! [iVillage]

Posted: 4/8/08