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Child Centered Approach to the New Baby
on January 28, 2011
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!