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expat-mama 10-17-2012 10:46 PM

My son really responds to books when we are introducing changes. He loves books and reading and this is one way we've found that he really starts to understand what is going on and it's easy to read them over and over and really get the message home with him.

So we are looking for new baby or big brother books to read to him to slowly get him ready for the new baby that will join our family in April.

But all the books I look at show parents giving the baby bottles and don't talk at all about mummy breastfeeding the new baby. I'd really like to find a book that shows this or talks about it. Anyone have any suggestions???

ZAMsmama 10-19-2012 11:26 PM

I'm sure there are more out there, but I know "Baby on the Way" by Dr Sears includes homebirth and breastfeeding along with hospitals and bottles.

Virginia884 10-20-2012 04:40 PM

We have "My New Baby" by Fuller. It is a board book, bought on Amazon. It shows mom nursing twice, not it too much detail though (sometimes my 18mo signs 'milk' when she sees it and sometimes she looks at it like 'uhhh what??'). We like this book a lot, it also shows babywearing. I read the reviews of the other books in the series and didn't think they were as worthwhile for our family.

nilatti 10-20-2012 05:28 PM

I can second "My New Baby." My son loved that one. We often didn't use the given text, saying instead, "What is the big brother doing? Oh, he's singing? Look, see, the baby is sleeping. Babies can't sing." We did everything we could to emphasize the cool stuff that big brothers can do but babies can't. Now that our baby is here, he likes to tell her, "You can't have a cookie, because you are a baby."

Midwesterner04 10-23-2012 03:51 PM

"What Baby Needs" by Bill and Martha Sears is an AP-minded introduction to life with a newborn for preschool-aged older siblings. It presents breastfeeding as the norm and mentions that babies need to nurse frequently, etc.  My toddler enjoys that book and loves the Searses' The Potty Book, which has a full-page illustration of a nursing infant.

Blanca78 11-09-2012 08:31 AM

There's also a book called "Everywhere Babies," that, while not explicitly for older siblings, is about babies in general and has pages dedicated to eating and being carried that show nursing and lots of babywearing. I could see it being a good way to get a young child excited about a sibling. It's a sweet board book with nice illustrations--my DD loves it. It also shows same-sex and interracial families.

expat-mama 11-09-2012 08:47 AM

Thanks for the replies! Will look into these suggestions.

One I found that DS seems to like alright is called We Have a Baby by Cathryn Falwell.

The family looks kind of ethnic which is nice for us and the big sibling looks like it could either be a boy or girl. It also shows the mum nursing. The text is really simple and short and we always expand on it. It's shows how the older sibling can help take care of the baby and how the baby will both give and receive lots of love from everyone in the family. The older sibling is shown receiving lots of affection and attention at the same time as the baby. It's nice.

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