Books can be a great tool to explain the changes when a baby arrives. Learn some suggestions for the best children’s books about a new baby.
The twins were about to come any week now.
My husband and I had several months of preparing our three-year-old for the new additions. We explained a few changes he might expect, rearranged their room, and offered the reassurance that we’ll always love him.
Still, sometimes words can only do so much. So, as we usually do when our kids face complex issues, we turned to books. Because one of the best ways to explore this new change is to read children’s books about a new baby.
You see, older kids might “know” they’re about to welcome a baby, but the concept is so foreign to them, especially for young children and toddlers. Their lives are about to change, and hearing how other characters faced similar situations can help them understand what’s about to happen.
For instance, my son knew that he’d soon have two baby brothers, and that he’d be a big brother himself. We highlighted how fun it would be to take care of the babies, the things he’d get to do with them, and how much we’d love them.
We also mention the not-so-happy sides of welcoming a baby. That they’d cry loud, and often. That we’d feed and put them to sleep throughout the day, or that he might have to wait sometimes before we get to him right away.
Reading children’s books about a new baby was by far one of the best ways we introduced the topic of newborns and began having these conversations.
Your child might have lots of questions about your pregnancy or the arrival of a new baby sister. Ease her worries and confusion by sharing how others have adapted to being an older sibling and fostered strong sibling relationships. And reassure her of your unconditional love, even with her little sister arriving soon.
Below are plenty of books we enjoyed reading to our son, tailoring the language to fit our circumstances (e.g. “big brother,” “the babies”). Hopefully you’ll find the perfect book that can help your older child adjust to the arrival of a new sibling:
Children’s books about a new baby
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