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How do you prepare littles for the arrival of a new bundle of joy?
Here are 17 picture books to prepare your child for a new baby.
It’s my second time round preparing a little person for a new baby.
Click here for 13 picture books about new babies we used the first time round.
Baby #3 provides a perfect excuse to add some more books around this theme to our shelves.
We’ve been loving these 4 in particular.
Every day, my Miss 3 inquires “Is the baby coming today?”
The Waiting Game must be unbearably long for a little person!
This oversized, lift-the-flap book from the creative geniuses behind “In My Heart: A Book of Feelings” and “Brave As Can Be: A Book of Courage” beautifully captures this sense of anticipation and wonder as the protagonist waits…. and waits… and waits for the arrival of her sibling.
As the story progresses and we turn each page, we see Mum’s belly grow and grow on the left side of the double page spread. Flaps that increase in size allow us to peek in at the baby growing in Mum’s belly. On the right side of the spread, the big sister talks to the baby, asking questions and describing the world on the outside.
Hello Baby by Jenni Overend and Julie Vivas
Miss 3 has declared that “Hello Baby” is her favourite book about new babies.
We are given a glimpse into the day of a family preparing for a home birth from the perspective of the youngest child.
This book is infused with a sense of calm and warm gentleness. We watch as Mum starts having tummy pains that signal the imminent arrival of bub. Off she sets for a walk to move things along. The midwife arrives and our narrator plays with her medical equipment.
The whole family pitch in to help Mum deliver this baby.
The story is told in an honest but moving manner and celebrates welcoming a new baby at home.
(Currently only seems to be available via Book Depository and Amazon.)
Oh gosh, newborns can be a bit boring, can’t they?!
Freshly minted big sister, Eleanor is keen to play with her new brother and to show him the world.
Unfortunately, Reuben is always too busy sleeping which occasionally causes Eleanor some frustration.
This touching book captures the excitement an older sibling can feel when they welcome a new playmate into their life.
The watercolour and collage illustrations from Anna Pignataro are divine.
Miffy is preparing to become a big sister. She makes some presents for the baby and waits and waits for the new arrival.
When Miffy finally meets her younger sibling, she marvels at how tiny the baby is.
Told in simple rhyme, there is something so enduring and engaging about Miffy books.
What are the favourite books at your place about new babies?
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