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Waiting for Baby Board book – April, 2009
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A wonderful book to share with toddlers and young children. Waiting for the arrival of a new sibling can be an exciting and sometimes confusing time, but there is so much that needs to be done, and Mum needs some help. The pictures are colourful and the text offers questions that promote conversation, which allow the emotions of having a new baby to be explored. A lovely book to share one-to-one with your child - perfect for both early years settings and parents alike.--Debra Barton"Nursery Education Plus" (09/01/2009)
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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.
I've checked out a few similar books at the local library, but they are too detailed for an almost-toddler to comprehend, even if they say they are for that age group.
"My New Baby" book is simple, but it needs to be for young children. The pictures are great and we can point and talk about whats happening. I love it when she takes the book from me and tries to read it herself.
Great buy, in my opinion.
I make up my own words to help my 1 1/2 year old understand because it's a little over his head. BUT the pictures are great and it helps your child understand that the doctor is safe and not hurting mommy. Before this book my toddler did not like the doctor taking my blood pressure. Haha
I really appreciate that Fuller's "Waiting for Baby" incorporates going to prenatal appointments and ultrasounds with Mom, and toddler and Dad fixing up dinner while tired, heavily pregnant Mom is resting, an all too common sight at our house since I've had numerous health issues throughout my pregnancy, and require frequent rest, so Daddy being shown participating in the preparation for baby is greatly appreciated.
EDIT for fall 2017. Big sister adjusted to her brother very well in July 2016. The only thing she didn't quite grasp from the get go, was that a baby doesn't start off as a fully fledged toddler playmate, but we didn't notice any behavior that could be described as sibling jealousy.
We've gone from one big sibling to be to two kids and a third on the way, and we still love the now full set of all 4 books. I catch big sister and her brother reading these together, with the three year old "narrating" what's going on in the pictures, and the one year old middle child to be brings me this book to read quite frequently. It helps a lot to have a means of illustrating rather abstract concepts to the kids. Our now 15 month old is a little too young to understand everything he sees and hears, and I expect to see some sibling jealousy and confusion when we bring home a new baby in the coming couple of weeks, but we are hoping the illustrations will still help with the transition, as they helped his 24 month old sister when he was born.