Welcoming little brother or sister- four loving stories to share

Very often the focus of the first pregnancy is on the birth. This makes sense - birth is an unknowable event. We are being asked to stretch and endure a physical and emotional feat that we have never encountered before. Typically, thoughts are consumed with fruit sized babies and worries about sleep changes once the baby is born. After the baby has arrived, there can be a sense of inhabiting a foreign planet. You may wish you spoke this new baby language, wonder about the bizarre sense of night and day and wish someone would just hand you a guidebook so you didn’t feel so lost.

But with baby number 2 (or 3 or 4) there is a different priority: siblings. You now know the lay of the land; you have figured out how to thrive on less hours of sleep (maybe fewer showers too). and you have a little person that you love mightily. But the stretching is here, now: the daily parenting decisions, the boundaries, the routine the messes and the joy. This little creature is enchanting and tricky and takes up so much energy and heart! How in the world can you fit another one in? And how can you help your little one understand the world with a baby?

 

Stories are a lovely way to introduce and regularly talk about your new baby. They provide the physical comfort of snuggling in as well as providing imagery that your small child can understand. Here are a few gentle stories for beginning  to talk about your new baby.

 

  1. Everywhere Babies by Susan Meyers - this fun book is full of all kinds of families and all kinds of babies doing baby things. I appreciate the diversity presented and the sweet and honest illustrations.

  2. We Have a Baby by Cathryn Falwell - this lovely story shows a baby being brought home to a new big brother/sister. The artwork in this book is beautiful and the sweet story shows lots of sibling involvement.

  3. Visiting the New Baby by Sparkle Stories - this gentle audio story tells the story of a brother and sister visiting a new baby neighbor. I love the preparation the family spends on caring for their friends.

  4. Make your own birth story book - you can create a simple little story book about your child's own birth as a way to help him/her see how your family cares for a new baby. Include images and details about your pregnancy with him/her, your birth, recovery period as well as pictures of her/him doing regular baby things.


The stretching and growing of a family is a tremendous transition for everyone- one of the most important events in your whole life as a family. But, most of all, know that, much like childbirth, our hearts open wide and that you are more capable that you could ever imagine.

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