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I have one more week till I hit my 3rd trimester mark. My family is preparing for our new arrival in just a few months. One way our family prepares for our new arrival is by discussing the new baby and what’s is to come with our 5 children. Maybe it’s the homeschool mom in me but one of the ways we prepare our kids is by reading to them. I have complied some books I have pulled from my book shelves to read my kids during this final stretch. The selection is geared for toddler to preschool. Some board books while others mildly explain where a baby comes from.
The Berenstain Bears New Baby – A brightly illustrated story which tells of a youngster’s happy acceptance of a new addition to the family and how Mama and Papa Bear assist him with the adjustment. Authors: Stan & Jan Berenstain
Where Is Baby’s Belly Button – Babies play peekaboo in this delightful interactive book. With an easy-to-lift flaps for parents and children to share. Author: Karen Katz
Little One, God Loves You – A cute and cuddly board book that let’s children know God made them solely for the purpose of loving them. Author: Amy Warren Hilliker
If I Could Keep You Little…… – A sweet book that speaks straight to every parent’s heart, exploring the powerful feeling of wanting your child to grow up while savoring every moment. Author: Marianne Richmond
I’m A Big Brother – A loving book by Joanna Cole is told through the eyes of a brand new big brother and lays out all the great things about being an older sibling, reminding kids that they’re just as special as ever. Author: Joanna Cole
My New Baby – There is so much to find out when a baby is born! What does it smell like, and when will it walk? When does it sleep, and what does it like to eat? A new addition to any family is exciting, but the experience can alsobe worrying and confusing for siblings. Coping with the new situations and emotions that arise can be very challenging. This books deals with the anticipation of waiting for the new baby, the excitement of the arrival itself, and the beginnings of the special relationship that develops between siblings.
The Story of Me – It’s never too early to begin giving your child a practical understanding of his or her unique, beautiful body and why God designed it to be exactly the way it is. The Story of Me is the first book in the God’s Design for Sex series, written to be read to children ages 3 to 5. With candid, age-appropriate language and realistic illustrations, The Story of Me explains: * God’s love and the goodness of all He has made * The nurturing family as God’s context for love * Why God wants each baby to have both a mommy and a daddy * The specialness of being made a boy or a girl * Proper names for private body parts Spend a few special moments with your child and The Story of Me, sharing the stories of God’s wonderful love and the marvelous body that is His special gift!
Baby, Baby, Baby! – Little baby does various activities with each member of the family (Mom, Dad, Grandma, Grandpa, Kitty, and Puppy). Then it’s time for bedtime hugs and kisses! Author: Marilyn Janovitz
God Gave Us You – When a charming polar bear cub climbs into bed one night, she asks her Mama a very important question–one that little “human cubs” often wonder about, too: “Where did I come from?”
As Mama bear tucks her youngest cub under the quilts, she gently, tenderly, and reassuringly communicates the message loving parents everywhere (bears and non-bears alike) want their little ones to hear: “We wanted you very, very much, and we are so very glad because—God gave us you.” Author: Lisa Tawn Bergren
A Blessing From Above – Every night before she goes to sleep, a kangaroo prays under the stars for a baby to love and hold. One day, as she rests under a tree, a baby bird falls out of its crowded nest—plop!—right into her pouch!
What books have you read to your children while expecting new baby to prepare them for what is to come?