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Hello mommas.<br><br>
I have a 3 year old son and this pregnancy will be number 2 for our family. As excited as I am for this planned pregnancy, I am nervous about how a new baby will effect our family dynamic. I am so very close with my son and I am a bit sad to know that it will inevitably change things a bit.<br><br>
I went to Amazon the other day and bought a ton of books to help prepare him for the babies arrival. We have talked about how babies are pretty boring at first. They cry a lot and they are a lot of work.<br><br>
However, I would love some suggestions for some great books for parents. Books on fostering great sibling relationships.<br><br>
Thanks!
 

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I still rember spending an evening at Barnes and Noble looking for books on being a big sister. I did not find much excpet, Dr. Sears. He has a great book that start with how mom in feeling being pregant, getting read for the baby,early labor and have a new baby at home. The book never mentions bottles or cribs (we don't use either). However it does not at all talk about delievery. Mom and dad go somewhere ( birthing center or hospital) and the kids stay with some one. I also have Mr. Roger's book that is good to. It mentions breasting and bottle feeding. Most books did not talk about breast feeding. I also have a book I got from our Christina bookstore. It is called Angel in the Waters. It a great book for talking about how babies develop in the womb.
 

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Jodi~<br><br>
I think our midwife (Wendi) has some at her office. I will check in next visit to see what she recommends.<br><br>
All~<br><br>
I second the Sears books...they're sweet!
 

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Thanks. I found some good books on Amazon on being a big brother. They are all pretty good. I just "modify" the wording a little bit when it mentions things like hospitals, cribs, bottles, etc.<br><br>
HOWEVER, what I'm really looking for is a book for ME. A book on preparing MOMMA on how best to raise siblings? I've seen such wonderful and loving sibling relationships and horrible ones. I would like to do my best from the START and help the kids really build something wonderful. So- parenting books regarding siblings.
 

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This is a woefully uninformed recommmendation:<br><br>
I really like the book How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish. It's a real primer for respectful and nonviolent communication, and it has cartoon examples and is very engaging.<br><br>
Anyway, the same authors wrote another book called Siblings Without Rivalry: How to Helop Your Children Live Together so You Can Live Too. I've been meaning to check it out. Anyone read it?
 
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