Bibliotherapy: Books About A New Baby In The Family
Bringing a new baby home is a lifechanging event.
This is not just true for parents, but for older children in the house as well. An older sibling may be happy and excited for the new addition, or they may feel worried, jealous or scared. More than likely, they will feel a combination of these feelings along with many others.
One of the best ways to prepare a child for a new sibling is by talking with them and giving them the opportunity to ask questions and voice concerns. When you should do this depends on the child. Older children might benefit from hearing the news sooner rather than later so that they hear it from you and not from someone else; whereas very young children might have a hard time waiting and might benefit from hearing the news closer to the due date. Every child is different and as the parent, you know your child best. Taking their temperament and level of understanding in mind, tell them when you feel the moment is right.
When talking to your child about the impending changes for your family, it is important to explain not only what parts of their life will be different, but also those things that will stay the same. Children want to be reassured that they will still be important, well-loved and cared for after the baby arrives.
Books are a great way to start this conversation. Photos or illustrations can show visually-oriented children what a family with a new baby might look like or how they care for one another. Book characters can embody and describe those strong feelings, (both positive and negative) that children might feel with a new, or soon-to-be new baby in the house. Another advantage books have is that they can be read or reread at just the right pace for an individual child, allowing them the time to absorb information and ask questions along the way.
Below are some books that can help you and your family as you prepare for or adjust to life with a new baby. These are but a few of the MANY books on this subject available from the library. Search our catalog, or speak to one of our Youth Services librarians to locate the perfect book for your situation.
The New Baby, by Fred Rogers
Tactfully discusses a first-born child’s feelings and frustrations as they work toward adjusting to a new baby in the house. Helps children understand that parents can love more than one child equally.
Baby Born, by Anastasia Suen
A lift-the-flap book celebrating baby’s first year. Overview of milestones in newborn’s development.
For Preschoolers-School Aged Children
Lola Reads to Leo, by Anna McQuinn
Lola reads story books to her new baby brother Leo, and even though Mommy and Daddy are busy, they still have time to read to Lola at bedtime.
You’re Getting a Baby Brother, and You’re Getting a Baby Sister, both by Sheila Sweeny Higginson
These rhyming board books tell about the good and challenging things about having a baby brother or sister.
There’s Going to Be a Baby, by John Burningham
A young boy imagines what life will be like when his new sibling arrives.
Pecan Pie Baby, by Jacqueline Woodson
When Mama’s pregnancy draws attention away from Gia, she worries that the special bond they share will disappear forever once the baby is born.
Baby Science, How Babies Really Work; and Before You Were Born, The Inside Story, both by Ann Douglas
These books explain pregnancy and a baby’s needs and abilities in a scientific way, encouraging older siblings to make observations.
Welcoming Babies, by Margy Burns Knight
Describes how different cultures welcome babies into the world.
Big Brothers are the Best, by Fran Manushkin
This book follows a young boy as he helps to care for the new baby in his family.
Dogs Don’t Eat Jam and Other Things Big Kids Know, by Sarah Tsiang
A big sister tells her new baby brother all of the things he’ll learn to do by his first birthday, including walking, playing, and waving.
A Baby Sister for Frances, by Russell Hoban
Big sister Frances adjusts to sharing her parents with a new baby sister. Her parents help her to understand that she is still loved and that all together, they make up a family.
Browse our collection:
- Children’s books about babies
- Children’s books about pregnancy and birth
- Children’s books about big sisters
- Children’s books about big brothers
For more information about these and other FREE resources available @ your library®, call (813) 273-3652 or visit http://www.hcplc.org/.