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My husband and I are adopting a baby from China. How did you communicate with your child when you brought her home?

Our Mommy MD Guide’s reply: When we brought our daughter, Katrina, home, she was 18 months old, and she spoke Chinese.  Before we went to China, I learned a few basic Chinese words, such as yes, no, hello, goodbye, bottle, and milk. But mainly we communicated by sign language for the first six months our daughter was home. I had bought a book, Baby Signs, and it was fantastic.

Kindra Browning, DO, a mom of one with two more adoptions on the way and a board-certified physician at Union Hospital in New Philadelphia, OH, who specializes in the treatment of hypertension and diabetes and in preventive medicine


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