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#1 of 5 Old 12-13-2008, 07:43 PM - Thread Starter
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I got this book:
and this book:
at my local library, and I love them so much I'm buying them. There are no words, so it can be personalized to your child as you read. They are mostly AP friendly and even show Mommy nursing while big brother strokes the baby's head. Daddy is super-involved, carries the baby in an Ergo-looking carrier, prepares dinner while Mommy nurses, changes the baby, etc. In "Waiting for Baby" the brother (sort of gender-neutral, could be called a girl if you wanted) is involved in everything except birth.

Cons: a white-haired grandma and grandpa stay with brother while Mommy and Daddy go to the hospital. Kalten is going to stay with my parents, but they are SO not white-haired, and I don't know many grandparents who are. If you're having a home birth or involving the child, this part won't apply. Also, the new baby sleeps alone in his/her own room, and we will be cosleeping.

I have photos of some of the pages if you're interested in seeing them. I really really recommend these books. My son (20 months-ish) and I sat on the couch for a long time talking about them while his "more exciting" library books about helicopters and Thomas the Train sat in the book bag. He really seems to understand a lot about what's coming. I'm concerned most with him sharing nursing, so we talk about Baby Silas having Mommy Om too. Having an illustration of Baby nursing and Big Brother watching really helped him, I think.
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Crashing your DDC to say I have both of these books too and LOVED them for my son when he was getting ready to be a big brother!

The way I handled the differences was just talked about what the story was showing, and then said, "And we'll be....." and it worked out great. I subbed midwife for doctor, rocking chair for crib, etc.

These two books are among the things I'm saving in my keepsake box, they meant that much to us to read htem together before my daughter's birth.

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Those look like neat books. Thanks for sharing them. I just re-ran across a copy of one of the most beautiful books I have ever seen. It's called All the places to love. The story is about a little boy on the day that his little sister is born. I didn't catch on until just reading it again, that he AND his little sister were born at home. It talks about the places on the sweet farm where they live that he will show his little sister as she grows up. No, it's not very practical, but it is sweet and beautiful. The images didn't work well on "look inside" feature for me, but it's worth looking for and owning a copy. It makes me want to cry even when I'm not pregnant!

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I just received What Baby Needs by the Dr. Sears family. It's AP based. It talks about skin to skin holding; BF-ing; crying babies; and baby wearing.

My my six year old son is really enjoying the book.

If I had a younger one, I'd also check out "Baby On The Way" by the Sears family.

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That's great. Waiting for Baby is our favorite new baby book. We got a few recently. Most of them show bf'ing, but all of them are hospital births. I remembered hearing a few years ago on MDC about a homebirth picture book and was planning to look for it. I wonder if Places to Love is that book. Anyone ever heard of another homebirth book?
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