Introducing a new baby to a toddler can be an exciting but sometimes challenging experience. Reading books to your toddler about the arrival of a new sibling can help prepare them for the changes that come with a new addition to the family.
Here are some great books for toddlers about a new baby to help you to have those big conversations with little people.
Whether you are just about to tell your toddler there is a baby on the way or have already welcomed your new bundle of joy, these books will help young children cope with the arrival of a sibling. But be warned, talking to toddlers about new babies can raise some tricky questions about how the baby got into Mummy’s tummy in the first place – so you might also want to check out some books about talking to your toddler about sex too!
What’s in Your Tummy Mummy? (Sam Lloyd)
Itty bitty newborn (Polly Zielonka)
We’re Having A Baby (Campbell Books)
I’m a Big Sister / I’m a Big Brother (Joanna Cole)
New Baby board books (Rachel Fuller)
“The New Baby” by Mercer Mayer: Little Critter, the beloved character, shares his experiences and feelings when his family welcomes a new baby. This book is perfect for helping toddlers relate to similar situations.
“You and Me” by Susan Verde: This sweet and simple book shows the growing bond between an older sibling and a new baby. It’s a heartwarming story that focuses on the love and connection between siblings.
“Hello in There!: A Big Sister’s Book of Waiting” by Jo Witek: In this beautifully illustrated book, a big sister shares her thoughts and feelings as she awaits the arrival of her new sibling. It’s a touching and engaging story for toddlers.
“Babies Don’t Eat Pizza” by Dianne Danzig: This book humorously explains the concept of a new baby to a toddler, covering topics like breastfeeding, crying, and more in a child-friendly way.
“The Berenstain Bears’ New Baby” by Stan and Jan Berenstain: The Berenstain Bears are a classic favorite for many children. In this book, Brother and Sister Bear learn about the arrival of their new baby sister.
“Little Miss, Big Sis” by Amy Krouse Rosenthal: This book celebrates the excitement of becoming a big sister through the eyes of an older sibling. It’s a heartwarming and reassuring story.
“The Best-Ever Big Sister” by Karen Katz: This book is designed to make older siblings feel special and important as they welcome their new baby brother or sister. It features lift-the-flap elements that engage toddlers.
“What Brothers Do Best” and “What Sisters Do Best” by Laura Numeroff: These two books celebrate the unique bond between siblings and show all the wonderful things brothers and sisters can do together.
These books can help your toddler adjust to the idea of a new sibling and understand the changes that come with it in a positive and engaging way. Reading these stories together can also provide an opportunity for discussions and bonding between you and your child.