Adopting a baby has one factor that is notoriously talked about amongst adoptive parents; you’re gonna have to wait. If you’ve already begun the adoption process, you’re no stranger to the time involved in adopting a baby. You’ve done your research, filed paperwork, opened up your home to adoption social workers, secured your finances...you get the gist.

While there is no doubt the “waiting game” can be stressful, there are ways to help this time pass in a fun and productive way. Here is a breakdown of a few things you might want to take care of before the adoption takes place.

Find a Pediatrician:

You want the best possible healthcare for your child. That means finding the pediatrician that is right for you good and early. (can you imagine getting the call that your baby is on its way and not having a doctor lined up?) Choosing a family doctor is like finding your new best friend; you need to be comfortable, be able to express your concerns and have an open and honest relationship. Ask friends, relatives and your adoption agency for referrals. You may even want to set up some exploratory appointments to get acquainted. Don’t forget to make sure they accept your insurance plan!

Explore Childcare Options:

If you’re returning to work after your baby arrives, chances are you’re going to need some daycare options for your new bundle of joy. Getting an idea of these options beforehand will make for a smoother transition once the baby is home. Sort out pricing, location and facility size. You may find that some child-care centers have a waiting list - all the more reason to get started now!

Pick out baby names:

Is it wrong to think that naming your baby is one of the funnest parts of parenthood? If you haven’t already nailed down your adopted baby’s name, now is the time to start thinking about it. Websites like parents.com, babycenter.com and parenting.com are great resources for discovering baby names. Take this time to figure out what type of names you like; trendy? traditional? unisex? There are so many adorable names out there - researching will definitely take some time!

Spend time around babies:

You may be surprised how many adoptive parents have had little to no experience with babies. Whether you’re a baby connoisseur or a complete newbie, spending time around babies is a must! You need this time to become familiar with their behavior and habits. Devote a few nights to babysitting for friends or family and dive in to some hands on experience.

These are just a few LifeLong tips for the adoption waiting period. If you have some tips of your own, don’t be afraid to share them with us. We love receiving feedback from our adoptive parents!