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Becoming a big sister or brother for the first time can be a daunting and overwhelming experience for children. They have no idea what to expect and suddenly their position in your family is about to change!
A wonderful way to prepare your child for a new baby is through picture books. These wonderful books about becoming a big brother or sister will help your child through this transition.
Reading picture books with stories kids can relate to are a wonderful way to teach them about new experiences and situations. They can make big milestones, such as starting school, feel less scary too.
These books will help you open up the communication with your child (or children) and encourage them to ask questions to help ease their apprehension.
Below you will find helpful new baby books for toddlers and for older siblings too.
Books For Toddlers Becoming A Big Brother Or Sister
It is not uncommon for toddlers to act out or show fear with the arrival of a new baby. Especially if they feel unprepared. It’s pretty scary having a brand new tiny, noisy person in their house, suddenly stealing lots of their mum and dad snuggle time.
These books are aimed to be new baby books for toddlers around the age of 1-3 years, however, they can also support older children in understanding what is happening too.
It can be helpful to start by introducing the idea of a new baby and younger sibling in very simple concepts before moving into more detailed stories.
WAITING FOR BABY
By Rachel Fuller
There are lots of new baby books for toddlers. This one is great as it is a board book, made tough for younger kids. This book is especially focused around before the baby arrives, showing moments such as having an ultrasound, to help your child understand what is happening.
MY NEW BABY
By Rachel Fuller
Following on from Waiting For Baby book, My New Baby helps young children understand more about what having a new baby in the family means. The story text is simple, with one or two sentences per page, with clear simple images. It covers topics such as breastfeeding, helping children to understand new baby needs and behaviours.
THE BERENSTAIN BEARS’ NEW BABY
The book presents the addition of a new family through little bear outgrowing his bed and needing a bigger one. His old bed becomes the baby’s bed. It does not talk about the new baby as directly as some of the other recommended books. However this is a great secondary story for introducing change and growing up.
When his baby sister Olive arrives, Archie thinks she looks just like a marshmallow and wonders what will become of his life now that he has a baby sister.
THE BABY IS HERE
By Angela C. Santomero
The beloved Daniel Tiger is back with a story about becoming a big brother. This book is one of several in the Daniel Tiger’s Neighbourhood series that is perfect for introducing changing family dynamics with a new baby and as the baby grows older.
Books For Older Siblings | New Baby
While many of the books listed above can be very helpful for older siblings to become familiar with the prospect of becoming a big brother or sister, these following books are more age-appropriate for older children.
They go into more detail for older siblings who are going to be a big sister or brother and help introduce new words and realities.
The best part is giving your child the chance to ask questions and voice their fears about their uncertain future. Hopefully by reading these books together, you will be able to build excitement over anxiety for your older child.
HELLO IN THERE : A BIG SISTER’S BOOK OF WAITING
By Jo Witek
If you are looking for a new baby book for older siblings, this is a great big sister book that focuses on the lead up to the new baby arriving. The big sister book character follows around her mother so she can reassure her new baby sibling about all the great things in the world.
Told with rhythmic rhyming, it’s a great story for preschool-aged children who have some grasp on the concepts of time and challenges of infants. It reinforces big sisters important role within the family. Plus it prepares them for some of the less fun stuff like getting hair pulled or lots of crying.
The illustrations feature different families caring for and learning about their new family member. With adoption, multicultural families, premature birth and special needs, bottle feeding and breastfeeding. It also explores feelings and concerns kids may have and gives tips to parents for adjusting to the transition too.
THE BIG SIBLING BOOK : BABY’S FIRST YEAR ACCORDING TO ME
By Amy Krouse Rosenthal
This is another book by the author of Little Miss, Big Sis but this one is a little unique. Instead of being a story like the rest, this is actually a scrapbook for older siblings to document their own unique view of the babies milestoneS. From pregnancy through birth and beyond.
This is a really adorable keepsake and helps them to take a more active role in their big sister or brother role. It will also help your older child to feel more connected to the new baby. It has question prompts, photo areas and more. A really fun parent and child activity to do together during your special time together before and after the baby comes too.
Tips For Helping Older Children Adjust To A New Baby Sibling
Helping your older children to understand how your family is changing and growing, and giving them some idea on what to expect will help to reduce sibling jealousy once the new baby arrives.
In saying that, some jealousy is perfectly normal and expected from your big kid. Getting a new baby brother or sister is a HUGE change! And having to share you is sure to cause some worry.
These books will help to prepare your child for the exciting change of being promoted to big brother or sister!
Check out these great older sibling gift ideas to help with new baby jealousy. A simple reminder of how important your older children are now your family has grown!
This can be a great opportunity to let your older child know that they are your special helpers and introduce new tasks and chores that they are now big enough to assist with. This is an important time and many kids will proudly take on extra responsibility as they get promoted to big brother or big sister.
Is there a book you love for helping big kids adjust to growing families that isn’t on the list? Leave a comment below and let us know! Be sure to follow me on Facebook or YouTube for more family and parenting tips like these!