How to Care for an Infant or Toddler Foster Child

By Parenting Editor
Care for an Infant or Toddler Foster Child

How to Care for an Infant or Toddler Foster Child. Caring for infant and toddler foster children is both more difficult and easier than caring for older children. Generally, babies and toddlers are more upset at the beginning of foster care when they still remember their parents. Eventually, they forget their parents and you become their parent. The hard part is realizing that, sooner or later, you will have to adopt them, or they will have to leave.

Care for their needs promptly. This shows them that they can trust you. If you do not do this, you could be harming them.

Follow all general baby care guidelines.

Ensure that their daycare centers, babysitters and anyone else who care for the children understand their needs and follows your guidelines.

Remember to keep a baby book for them. Now is the best time to ask for, and record, information about the birth family and the history of the child. They will want this information, and you may be their only option of getting it. Since you may not be around or you may not remember, write it in their baby books. You may even wish to write them a letter or two to put in their baby book.

Let them know they are loved! This is the most important thing you can do!

Tip

Foster children need a routine and security more than most babies and toddlers do. Make sure you make every effort to do this. Don't be a foster parent to infants and toddlers if you are very busy or don't like hugging or other shows of affection. Foster babies need more physical affection than most babies do. They may suffer from "Attachment Disorder" as a result of a lack of attention or affection. When foster parenting an infant or toddler, make sure that you can keep the infant or toddler for an extended period of time if needed (at least 6 months).