Books for the kiddos?

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Books for the kiddos?

So, Isabelle is really starting to freak out. She is crying, saying she "doesn't want to share mommy or hugs or loves." Seriously, this is an everyday occurrence this week.
Anybody else dealing with something similiar?
Any books for the little ones that may help? Over searched amazon and Barnes and noble and cant really find anything except for things tht deal with after the baby is here. On a side note, im annoyed that most of them talk about "baby's drink milk from bottles". I have to add, or from "na-na's" since i except to EBF again.
Any ideas are appreciated!

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I have no suggestions for a good one but do NOT buy 'What to expect when Mommys having a baby' I wouldn't read this book to a child under 12. We bought It and were appalled at some of the terms used

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We bought Waiting for Baby by Rachel Fuller. It is meant for toddler to preschool age children. It doesn't contain a lot of text, maybe a short sentence or two on each page, which I actually like because it means I can fill in and explain to DS's understanding (which right now is very limited). I like that the little kid (big sibling to be) looks like they could be a girl or boy so I think most kids could relate to them.

I also wanted to mention that the other Rachel Fuller book we have, My New Baby, does show the mom nursing the younger sibling on two different pages. The family is hanging out together in bed and the mom is nursing. On another page, the older sibling is eating a meal at the table while the mom is nursing the younger sibling, the accompanying text being "Why does the baby always have milk?"

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We found some good ones eventually but it was hard to find books that were positive about siblings rather than concentrating on rivalry! I didn't get any that involved bottles, and there are two that have breastfeeding pictured:

The Biggest Bed in the world - not directly about babies arriving, but a great story in which lots of siblings are born and they all share mummy and daddy's bed. The mummy breastfeeds in this too.

Topsy and Tim and The New Baby - in this the twins' friend has a new baby brother, and the mummy breastfeeds.

And mostly I'd recommend:

There's a House in Mummy's Tummy (about waiting for the baby)

And very highly recommend these books which are positive stories about sibling love (even though it doesn't concentrate on the baby stage, these were very powerful tools for exciting our son about the idea):

Annie Rose is my Little Sister (by Shirley Hughes)

Big Brother Little Brother.

I can check authors for you later Smile

Hopefully some of these will be available in the US.

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I don't have a book recommendation, but a suggestion.
Our local maternity classes include a 'big sibling' class. They make it really fun and exciting, and let them know what to expect. They went to pretty young ages too. Maybe there is one in your area?

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"smsturner" wrote:

I don't have a book recommendation, but a suggestion.
Our local maternity classes include a 'big sibling' class. They make it really fun and exciting, and let them know what to expect. They went to pretty young ages too. Maybe there is one in your area?

Susan's comment reminded me that our local hospital offers a class for ages two through kindergarten to help young kids prepare for new baby's arrival. I think it is a one session class for about $15 and a parent accompanies the child. Maybe a similar class is offered in your area.

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Barenstain bears have two (new baby and no idea what the second is called but there are three kids now)

Little monster does one too that's pretty good.