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Any recommendations for preparing my 18 mo. old DD for the homebirth (yippeee!) of her new sibling? I have seen "Welcome with Love," and will probably get it because it is so absolutely beautiful (and it makes me cry every time I read it!), but it's a bit busy for an 18 mo. old. We have the Sears book about when the baby comes home and she loves that one.<br><br>
So any other ideas for younger siblings-to-be, without all the doctors, ultrasounds, hospitals, infant "gear", etc? It doesn't have to be geared specifically to homebirth, as long as there's not a lot of that "mainstream" stuff in it.<br><br>
I'm not sure whether she'll be at the birth or not, so I'm more looking for prep around how things change for her before and after the birth. TIA!
 

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Happy Birth Day by Robie Harris has beautiful illustrations (which is what kids like most anyway) and show mostly the newborn, and also the baby with dad and mom. Some families find it helps to point out that was what the older child looked like when he/she was first born (nice to have pictures of them when they were new, too). This helps to prepare for what new babies are like and to validate them as an important person to mom and dad. Going over some of the things after baby's birth is one idea to tie things together and deal with the feelings the sibling will experience after the birth.<br><br>
Joanna Cole's book about The New Baby at Your House is a good one to start conversation (appropriate to whatever stage or age your child is), or to give parents a child's view of what adding a baby to the family can be like.<br><br>
Don't be too surprised if your 18 month old shows little or no interest in the books, at least at first. Or perhaps a great dela of interest at first, and then nothing for a long time. Short readings, or just looking at pictures briefly, starting slowly in the beginning and talking when the child shows an interest are some ideas to keep things on your little one's level.<br><br>
Understanding what is normal and learning ways to handle a child's sometimes unexpected behavior can help parents to prepare to help the older sibling through the transition, too.<br><br>
Here's a website that lists a number of books for siblings of all ages:<br><br><a href="http://www.med.umich.edu/1libr/yourchild/newbaby.htm" target="_blank">http://www.med.umich.edu/1libr/yourchild/newbaby.htm</a><br><br>
Just scroll down a bit for the booklist.<br><br>
Best wishes on your little one's growing and birth <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> And for your whole little family.<br><br>
Blessings,<br><br>
Eve<br>
Mom to two boys and one on the way in July!
 

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I have "Runa's Birth" on my wishlist. See if this link works, if not, just google the title.<br><a href="http://madeinwater.co.uk/runa.html" target="_blank">http://madeinwater.co.uk/runa.html</a><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br>
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