Transition kids to a new baby by reading books. Below are the best children’s books about a new baby to prepare your older child.
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 reassured him we’ll always love him.
Still, sometimes words can only do so much. So, as we usually do when our son faces 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, kids might “know” they’re about to welcome a baby, but the concept is so foreign to them, especially for the younger ones. Their lives are about to change, and hearing how other characters faced similar situations will help them understand.
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 began having these conversations.
Below are some of the books we enjoyed reading to our son, tailoring the language to fit our circumstances (e.g. “big brother,” “the babies”). Hopefully this list can help you introduce the idea of your new baby to your child:
Children’s books about a new baby
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