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I'm a New Big Brother (Little Steps for Big Kids: Now I'm Growing)
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84 of 84 people found the following review helpful
on January 28, 2011
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Our son is 30 months old and we are expecting his sibling in a few months. We've been picking up any baby books or big brother books we can find to help prepare him for the arrival of our second child.

The book is written from the big brother's perspective to his little sibling, (whose sex is unknown, also a plus as we don't know what our second baby's sex is going to be so it makes it a bit more versatile). It takes place sometime after the baby has already arrived and does not deal with the "waiting for" and "arrival" aspects of a new sibling. The book talks about how the big brother wants to play with his sibling, but that for now the baby just watches and smiles. It talks about how mom and dad let the big brother help by holding the baby gently, reading to the baby, pushing the baby in the stroller and helping wash the baby in the bath. The book also covers the fact that after the baby goes to sleep, the big brother gets to spend one on one time with mom and dad.

I love that this book is centered on what it is like to BE a big brother rather than the intrusion a new baby will make in his world. Most of the new baby books we've come across so far mostly focus on either the negative feeling the older sibling has, the intrusion the baby makes on the older siblings world, or focuses on the new baby itself, talking about what the baby will do, etc. While that stuff is helpful, my son is at a really egocentric stage and he seems to like to think of himself in the role of big brother as we're reading this book. He talks about the toys the big brother is playing with in the pictures and what the big brother is doing on each page. Out of all the new baby books we've been reading, this one is by far his favorite. Highly recommend!
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
on July 13, 2011
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Our son turned 2 in April and baby brother was born in May. We have been reading this book over and over for several months now - he loves it! It prepares the older sibling for things being "a little different" after the baby is born, but also makes them feel like a big helper with the baby and reminds them that they will still have special time with mom and dad too. The only thing I wish it addressed was feeding the baby before solids (the older brother helps feed the baby pureed peas). So much time with a newborn is spent nursing/bottle feeding, and my son wasn't prepared for having to play independently and be patient during those times. I liked that there was no mention of giving up the crib, pacifier, etc. because those are for the baby now - this book focuses on the baby as a positive addition to the family, not a replacement of the older sibling.

Another thing I liked about this book was the vocabulary - our 26 month old now knows and uses several words from this book: important, different, careful, gently, and lullaby. In fact he can "read" this entire book to us now (he has it memorized). I would recommend this book for 2-4 year olds becoming a New Big Brother!
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on June 4, 2011
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My 2.5 yr old son has been less than thrilled about learning that I'm expecting another baby in a few months. He won't talk about the baby or acknowledge that he won't be the center of attention. So, I had to do something and read the reviews about this book and decided to try it. He LOVES this book. We just started reading it yesterday and it's a instant hit. He wants to read it over and over again. Now when I ask him if he's going to hold his little sister or help feed her (as the book says) he say, "YES!" so excitedly! I think this is a great book to help prepare a new big brother! It's written as if the baby is already arrived and from the brother's POV talking to his younger sibling -- GREAT!!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on August 6, 2012
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My 2.5 year old son loves this book; this is great because he's been a bit lukewarm about being a new big brother. I like that the book is specific and is about being a big brother vs big "sibling" or something else gender neutral - he really identifies with the "Big Brother" in the book. The baby is gender neutral, but I don't think that takes away from anything, or if the baby was a boy or a girl, that this would add anything -- my son really is self-focused at this stage so as long as the main character is him and a boy :)

The one thing I would caution is that near the end, the book says that after the baby goes to bed, the Big Brother gets to do fun things with Mommy and Daddy after. This is not the case in my household -- both Big Brother and baby go to bed at the same time. So far he hasn't caught onto this fact yet, but in a few weeks (days?) I am sure he will, and this might cause problems with us trying to rush the baby to bed sooner.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on March 11, 2012
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We got this book a month before my second son was born for my first son who was about 22 months old at the time. He loved the book. We didn't read it exactly as written. We substituted his name for the generic big brother and we had him fill in the blanks about what was happening in the pictures. It is still a favorite bed time book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on November 7, 2012
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I got this book for my 2-year-old right after his little brother was born. He found the book fascinating and wanted to read it over and over again.

One huge caveat is that the baby in the book is a few months old. It would've made more sense to have a newborn, since we (and many others) used it as a transitioning book.

My son did want to push his new brother in the stroller after reading this book. And after a few weeks he also wanted to help clean him in the bath. Very cute for the most part! He hasn't tried to feed him yet, so it seems he hasn't taken the entire book to heart.

A question for other parents: is there another book that eases the transition with an older baby? I read that older siblings start to get really jealous once the little one starts to crawl, walk, etc.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 20, 2013
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I purchased this book for my two-year-old grandson and his cousin, who are expecting new baby brothers, in the near future. The prose and illustrations are simple, but the messages are powerful. Many books of the same genre focus upon the baby to be born rather than the older sibling who may feel displaced. It is evident that the author, a seasoned kindergarten teacher, has a handle on what is truly important in a child's life, during this time of change.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 8, 2013
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Great book for my little guy...It took him a while to warm up to it, which surprised us, since he loves books...But with the baby coming ANY SECOND now, he's suddenly wanted to read it~OFTEN! So, we decided this probably wasn't an "authorship" issue as much as an issue with a toddler not wanting to read about how much his life will change!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 3, 2013
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This book was one I purchased to help my two year old grandson prepare for his baby brother's arrival. As a bedtime story he loves it and now that the baby is here I see it helped him adjust.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 29, 2013
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I had to see this via Skype as my family is not nearby - and my daughter in law said it is a really great book and that there are helpful hints to parents at the end - She said it was "perfect" for our 2 yr old to "set the tone" for his week old brother - That is what I wanted to accomplish and that seems to be what we achieved with this book - Every Grandma wants peace and love in the transition the first child goes thru when a newbie comes along - and this book seems to do a good job with that
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