Books for Helping Mama Welcome the New Baby

During my babymoon a few of my fellow bloggers have offered up some guest posts for you to enjoy. Some may be previously published or new. Either way I think you will find the information and stories that they share helpful. You can find out more about each of the authors and their blogs at the end of each post. This one is from Gretchen at That Mama Gretchen.

I’m so excited to pop in while The Artful Mama snuggles her sweet, new baby!

I blog over at That Mama Gretchen about life with my toddler and our new little baby on the way. To celebrate our latest little blessing, Jemma and I trekked to the library to find some books about becoming a big sister.

Jemma is a total book girl. Most days she forgoes toys to flip through books and magazines. She “ooos” and “ahhhs” at animals, families, nature scenes, and goes crazy for books with touch ‘n feel features 🙂 So, although she is just 18 months, I figured books would be the best way to begin talking about the new baby that will be moving in this August.

We found 4 fabulous books that each took a different spin on welcoming a baby …

Of course, Jemma adored Where Did That Baby Come From? since it featured kitties. I loved the illustrations in There’s Going to Be a Baby and What Baby Needs was very attachment friendly as it showcased babywearing by both parents, nursing, and cosleeping. 

But, best of all was Pecan Pie Baby! I won’t ruin the story, but will tell you that I appreciated the way the mama responded to her child’s concerns about a new baby. This mama found a common ground for the three of them (mama, toddler, and baby) to connect is a special way. It was super sweet and I hope to find a similar way for Jemma and I to envelope a new baby into our special bond.

I’m sure this isn’t our first round of big sister books and I’d love to hear your recommendations! Please share your favorites – our library card is waiting to be put to use again! 

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If you are interested in other blog posts about welcoming new siblings, these are a few of my recent read:

A variation of this post was previously published as a guest post for The Adventures of Lactating Girl.

Gretchen is mama to her sweet girl, Jemma, with another little one on the way! She shares about her days over at That Mama Gretchen sprinkled with memos about her attachment parenting experience, thrifty finds, crafty projects, and her goal of becoming more green. 

You can also find her on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.
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