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You know what a lot of people do about two years after they have a baby? They have another one.
Is this — or was this — your plan? Making siblings is powerful stuff.
Before Scarlett was born, I took a little class helping toddlers prepare for a new sibling. The instructor shared a book list with us. I thought I’d share it with you.
I’m not saying that buying a new book for your child will solve all the challenges you’re about to face juggling two kids, but I do believe it was helpful to set Julian’s expectations about what the baby would be able to do. (NOTHING!)Â The Joanna Cole book is the one we read the most.
Books to read with your first child:
I’m a Big Sister
orÂ I’m a Big Brother by Joanna Cole
What to Expect When the New Baby Comes Home (What to Expect Kids) by Heidi Murkoff and Laura Rader
We Have a Baby by Cathryn Falwell
My New Baby (New Baby Series) by Annie Kubler
The New Baby at Your House by Joanna Cole and Margaret Miller
The Berenstain Bears and Baby Makes Five (First Time Books(R)) by Stan and Jan Berenstain
Mr. Rogers New Baby (First Experiences) by Fred Rogers
Books to read for the parents:
Twice Blessed: Everything You Need To Know About Having A Second Child– Preparing Yourself, Your Marriage, And Your Firstborn For A New Family Of Four
From One Child to Two by Judy Dunn
Welcoming Your Second Baby by Vicky Lansky
And Baby Makes Four : Welcoming a Second Child into the Family by Hilary Wagner
Related: Dear Rookie Moms, Should I have a second child?
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