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My New Baby Board book – April 1, 2009
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Anticipating an addition to the family is both exciting and daunting for young children so this sensitive story was most welcome. It is part of a series - Waiting for Baby, You and Me and Look at Me - and stimulated much discussion about the different emotions, both pleasing and anxious, associated with a new arrival. It encouraged a very quiet and shy pupil to contribute and share her family secret! --Carousel 20100401
These four books in the New Baby series are just right for toddlers awaiting and adjusting to the birth of a new sibling. They cover pregnancy, welcoming the baby, and learning to play and live together. ... The multiracial families are always smiling and gentle. Colorful artwork fills each page. The writing is clear, conversational, and full of common situations. --School Library Journal 20110401
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The other books all have more text and busier pictures than this one. Although I certainly greatly simplify the text in all of them as we read, there's no other that comes close to holding my daughter's attention as well as "My New Baby". Its text is very simple - no more than 2 short sentences per page. As I saw she liked this book, I began to substitute my daughter's name in for references to the older sibling, which seems to enhance her interest.
The book does not contain a story line. Instead, it is a collection of snapshots of daily life with a baby in the house: Lunch time, getting dressed, going for a walk, bed time, etc. I think this is one of the reasons that it's popular with my daughter. At her age it can be a challenge to sustain focus for a lengthy story. This book doesn't require that, yet allows her to be introduced to the idea of having a baby around her parents along with her, and how they might all do things together.
If your child is 2 or under and you are expecting a new baby, I definitely recommend this book.
The text goes well with the pictures, I think, but it's not really a story. In a way I think the pictures are better on their own, you can come up with your own story instead of what's written. The book seems to follow a day in the life of a family, first everyone is hanging out in the parent's bed, then they get dressed, visitors/gifts for baby and toddler, taking pictures, eating/nursing, reading/singing while baby naps, going for a walk, going potty/changing diaper/crying, taking a bath, going to bed.
One thing I like is that many of the pages end with a question, such as, "Is the baby hungry?" My daughter loves it when she "knows the answer" so this delights her and gives her a way to interact with the book. The text is very simplistic and isn't going to do much to advance a child's literacy, but I don't think that's the point of this book. I think the point is to introduce a child to some images about what life with a new baby will be like.
My favorite thing in the book (and my reason for purchase) is that this is one of the few books that shows pictures of a mother breastfeeding. There are two pictures in which you can see the baby breastfeeding. It doesn't show detail, it just says the baby is eating and shows the baby's head against the mother's chest. It was very important to me that my daughter get acquainted with this image as I imagine she will find it very confusing (she was weaned at one year and probably doesn't remember that mama's breasts do that!). This way there is at least a little bit of preparation for the idea that "babies eat from their mamas."
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Our 20 month old really enjoys this book. While there is text with the illustrations, it's more to encourage dialogue between you & your child. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Ashley
Great book for new siblings as in artwork . Pictures are wonderful they have a mother breast feeding naturally in a couple and the challenges of being a newborn- crying not... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Drecedes
This book was for my 18 month old to help him get used to the idea of a new baby. This doesn't help. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Worldtraveler85
This book is wonderful! It encourages positivity with a new sibling. Also love that it shows baby wearing!Published 7 days ago by Kyleigh R Boyd
This book is ok.
The actual wording is a bit bland, so we use the pictures as a guide for discussing the new baby.
I bought this as part of a surprise gift for my friend who's expecting her second child. I ordered this book to go with this cute shirt Ann Arbor T-shirt Co. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Heather
This book was perfect for my oldest daughter. It helped her see how she could help with her new sister. Must have for new older siblings.Published 9 days ago by ryan
My daughter love, love, loved this book. So helpful, simple, sweet and fun. Helped her have expectations at 2.5 for the arrival of her baby brother. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Jade B
Great book for my 2.9 yr old when I was about to have my daughter. It is very simple for younger ones but perfect for older ones too as it opens the narrative for speaking about... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Jodie Tarr