Friday, September 23, 2005

Books to help prepare your child for a new baby

If you are expecting a new baby, you are already juggling a million things--- everything from emotions to physical changes to organizing things around your house to make way for your new little one. Add an older child into the mix, and you have one more thing to do-- prepare your older child for a new baby brother or sister.

If your older child is used to having all of the attention, then bringing a new baby into the house is a major milestone. So how can you help your older child get ready for the new baby? Try reading some of these wonderful books together-- these titles will help your older child adjust to the changes that will be happening in your household once baby arrives:

"I'm A Big Brother" or "I'm a Big Sister" by Joanna Cole. If you only read one book to your child after baby arrives, this should be it (if you have both an older brother and an older sister in your house, then read both of them). Easy to understand text and cheery pictures make it a great book about the joys of big brotherhood and big sisterhood. This popular book can be found at most discount retailers, book stores and online booksellers.

"Waiting for Baby" by Harriet Ziefert. This book will help your child anticipate the arrival of the new baby-- the little boy in this story can't wait for the arrival of the new baby! As a special surprise, there's a small gift for your new baby included with this book, so your child will love having something special to give to your new baby.

"Spot's Baby Sister": by Eric Hill. Most toddlers and preschoolers are already familiar with the loveable dog character, Spot, from Eric Hill's popular lift-a รข€“flap book series. In this book, Spot gets a baby sister. Your child will love identifying with Spot while lifting the flaps and looking for hidden surprises.

"Peter's Chair" by Ezra Jack Keats. Old school fans of children's may remember the distinctive illustrations in Keats' books fondly (my personal favorite is "The Snowy Day"). In this book, young Peter is about to become a big brother, but he is dismayed to see that many of his old things (like his cradle and his crib) are being painted pink for his baby sister. So before all of his favorite things can be changed for the new baby, he takes off with his favorite chair. This is a god big for the older sibling that feels a tad possessive about his or her old baby crib and other items. Of course there's a happy ending as Peter learns a valuable lesson.

"Happy Birth Day" by Robie H. Harris. The illustrations in this book are absolutely stunning-- and also realistic. Your child will love the concept of the new baby's "Birth day" (after all, who doesn't love birthdays?). Keep in mind that the illustrations of a new baby's first moments after birth are surprisingly realistic. But this book will give your child an idea of what you and the new baby will experience after he or she is born.

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