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What to Expect When Mommy's Having a Baby (What to Expect Kids) Paperback – January 20, 2004
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Heidi Murkoff, coauthor of the bestselling pregnancy book, What to Expect When You're Expecting, writes lucidly and honestly in all the books in the tremendously appealing What to Expect series for young children, including What to Expect When You Use the Potty and What to Expect When You Go to the Doctor. Laura Rader's cartoonish illustrations are fun and reassuring. Poor Angus will be dog-eared in no time! (Ages 2 to 5) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
Heidi Murkoff is the co-author of the best-selling series that began with What to Expect When You're Expecting. She has appeared as a parenting expert on national TV, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, Today, Good Morning America and 20/20.
Laura Rader has illustrated many popular books for children, including A Book of Hugs, A Book of Friends, and A Book of Kisses, all by Dave Ross. She is also the author and illustrator of Who'll Pull Santa's Sleigh Tonight? and Santa's New Suit, which Publishers Weekly called, in a starred review, a "holiday outing [with] plenty of panache." Ms. Rader lives in Southern California.
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The questions asked (Where is the baby? How did the baby get in there? How can a baby fit inside Mommy? What makes the baby grow & how can I help? How does the baby eat? Can the baby see and hear me? What does the baby do all day? Why doesn't Mommy feel well sometimes? Why does Mommy go to the doctor so much? When will the baby come out? & How does it come out?) cover most aspects of pregnancy. The "How did the baby get in there?" section does use correct terms (sperm and ovum) but does not get too "graphic" -- it explains conception as pieces of a puzzle fitting together. The book also uses terms like umbilical cord and birth canal, but in a way that is not intimidating to kids. The book gives a good overview and makes the sibling feel connected and part of the process (each section refers to something they can do to help out or experiment to help them feel what the baby may be feeling). I would have loved if the book had covered what happened once the baby came home -- but I see now that topic is a whole new book!
I highly recommend this book! Enjoy it with your soon-to-be big brother/sister! It can promote a lot of discussion & create some special moments together before the baby comes -- it did for us!
A friend gave me Mercer Mayer's book "The New Baby", which my children love to have read and re-read to them and actually deals with how they can interact with the baby after it's born. Also Joanna Cole's book "The New Baby in the House" goes into some of the feelings a child may have about having a new baby brother or sister.
i bought this book for my 2 year old because of the books that i had already gotten about having a new baby, they all just sort of gloss over the pregnancy part like it doesn't comprise a huge portion of the year. i wanted a way to illustrate for him why i'm not feeling well. he just turned 2, he's very active, and i'm not always up for it. it's also hard to explain to him something that is such an abstract concept. i also feel that knowledge helps us accept, and it's going to be kind of weird when my tummy keeps getting bigger.
the book is short, concise, age appropriate, and doesn't dumb it down. it shows pictures of the baby growing, uses technical terms without being graphic, and in general lays out the process pretty well.
i can only imagine that the parents who complained that the book is too graphic are the types to refer to genitalia as a "pee pee and a poo poo" or some other cutesie name, or a very generalized "down there". my son is 2 and has known that he has a penis and where it is for some time now, and i have no problem with the one time that the book mentions a vagina because i have one. i've used the word around him, and at some point he'll realize that the reason why i don't stand to go potty is because i have a vagina and not a penis, and that those differences (biologically speaking, as transgender is another breed of beast) make me a girl and him a boy.
if you don't do your children the service of giving them proper names for their genetalia (proper names help them assert themselves should they ever happen to be sexually abused) then don't get the book.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is a fantastic way to answer all the questions that come up when a child is going to become a sibling for the first time. Read morePublished 16 days ago by cindy oldson
I bought this to read to my 4 year old while I was pregnant. It's very in-depth, and reads more like a textbook than a story. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Bethany Palmer
Helped explain what was going with Mommy to our son when we were expecting our second child.Published 3 months ago by Sara B.
It's an interesting book and goes into how the baby is made. It gave the right amount of info so that my son didn't have any questions.Published 4 months ago by Melissa J.
My 3 year old and I read this book a lot and he has shown a better ability to understand what's going on with Mommy right now. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Nic413
Cute for the announcement but I would never actually read this to my 3 year old. To explicitPublished 5 months ago by Jenny