Hey There Mamas!
Adding a second child into the family can be a time of great joy and expectation. It can also be a time of stress and anxiety for your firstborn as they adjust to all the new changes of another little one coming into the house. Reading books with children that let them know what to expect can help ease anxiety during the transition. Here are 5 books to add to your bedtime rotation to help your little one know what to expect when you’re expecting baby#2.
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“With kid-friendly humor and honesty, BABIES DON’T EAT PIZZA covers waiting for baby and life with baby from birth through toddlerhood. Multicultural families; how babies are born, grow and behave; adoption, premature and special needs babies; breast and bottle feeding, twins, helping and playing with babies, older children’s feelings, and a parents’ tips page are included. Vetted by teachers, nurse educators, physicians, librarians, and parents, the book speaks to the real questions, perceptions, and concerns that the author has heard from over 2,500 children about their baby siblings.”
2. The New Baby
“Whether he’s rocking her to sleep, helping change diapers, or pushing the stroller, both parents and children alike will relate to this beloved story. A perfect way to help a soon-to-be older sibling welcome a younger one!”
“Elmore Green starts life as an only child, as many children do. He has a room to himself, where he can line up his precious things and nobody will move them one inch. But one day everything changes. When the new small person comes along, it seems that everybody might like it a bit more than they like Elmore Green. And when the small person knocks over Elmore’s things and even licks his jelly-bean collection, Elmore’s parents say that he can’t be angry because the small person is only small. Elmore wants the small person to go back to wherever it came from. Then, one night, everything changes. . . . In her signature visual style, Lauren Child gets to the heart of a child’s evolving emotions about becoming a big brother or sister.”
“Join Lola as she learns what it means to be a big sister, in the third installment in the loveable Lola series. We all know how much Lola loves books, so it is no surprise that she can’t wait to share her love of reading with her new baby brother, Leo. Lola gets ready for little Leo’s arrival by reading books about brothers and sisters and picking out the perfect stories that she just knows her little brother will love. When the baby is finally here, Lola takes on the role of big sister—she helps her mommy and daddy around the house and tells Leo stories to cheer him up when he cries. Simple text and bright and charming illustrations celebrate family, reading, and what it means to be a big sister.”
5. My New Baby
“There is so much to find out when a baby is born! What does it smell like, and when will it walk? When does it sleep, and what does it like to eat? A new addition to any family is exciting, but the experience can also be worrying and confusing for siblings. Coping with the new situations and emotions that arise can be very challenging. This series of four board books deals with the anticipation of waiting for the new baby, the excitement of the arrival itself, and the beginnings of the special relationship that develops between siblings. The simple conversational text and lively illustrations are carefully designed to encourage further dialogue between reader and child.”
I’m sure you can find most of these books at your local library for free or you could also purchase them used online. Many books are also read aloud on youtube for free as well. The point is to start a conversation with your child. Give them a safe space to adjust and learn about the wonderful new sibling coming their way!
Mamas – if you find yourself feeling anxious about your pregnancy, experiencing thoughts that are scaring you, or just aren’t feeling like yourself, reach out for help. Many women experience anxiety or depression during pregnancy and there is help, you can feel better. I can help with that.