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6 Books for Siblings of New Babies
Preparing older siblings for a new baby can be a challenge. You want them to share your excitement but at the same time, it’s important that they continue to feel secure and loved.
Reading together is a great way to help children understand what to expect.
Books about pregnancy, birth and life with a newborn can help your child process his feelings and get a sense for what’s in store. After all, an addition to the family is likely to be one of the biggest changes your little one will face!
I’ve rounded up 6 books that you can read with your child about the new baby on the way.
Best-Ever Big Sister
Karen Katz’s stories and illustrations are a favorite in my home! This book shows your daughter how being a big sister is something to look forward to, and places the focus on her and not the new baby. She’ll love it.
Buy it at Amazon, $5.99
In this book by Lizzy Rockwell, a preschooler gives us his first-hand account of mama’s ever-growing tummy through the big day of the baby’s birth.
Buy it at Amazon, $6.29
I Used To Be the Baby
Robin Ballard’s sweet book I Used to Be the Baby addresses a common fear among older siblings: that the new baby will replace him in mommy’s eyes. Help your child process his feelings through reading together and discussing it as you go.
Buy it at Amazon, $13.13
On Mother's Lap
All children reassurance that although a new brother or sister will bring some changes, what won’t change is their parents’ love. This story by Anne Herbert Scott is all about those feelings.
Buy it at Amazon, $6.95
The New Baby at Your House
Joanna Cole’s book featured specific information about what your child can expect with a new brother or sister, and the photographs help children understand how kids like them love and care for the baby. It’s a classic!
Buy it at Amazon, $6.99
We Have a Baby
We Have a Baby by Cathryn Falwell is another wonderful book for big brothers and sisters. It highlights the positive aspects of having a new baby in the home, and features wonderful illustrations.
Buy it at Amazon, $6.95
Mary Lauren Weimer is a social worker turned mother turned writer. Her blog, My 3 Little Birds, encourages moms to put down the baby books for a moment and tell their own stories. She writes about all things toddler at Babble’s Toddler Times. Connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.