Prepare your firstborn for a second sibling

By Drum Digital
13 August 2014

Introducing your firstborn to your newborn and navigating the pitfalls that can creep up on sibling relationships is a tricky issue most second-time moms need a bit of guidance with. We have some suitable reading for you.

Introducing your firstborn to your newborn and navigating the pitfalls that can creep up on sibling relationships is a tricky issue most second-time moms need a bit of guidance with. Here’s a selection of books for you and your child that can help ease the situation.

Books for you

1.       Loving Each One Best: A Caring And Practical Approach To Raising Siblings by Nancy Samalin

This book goes beyond the practical advice found in other parenting books and addresses the feelings of parents in a compassionate and witty guide to raising siblings.

2.       Welcoming Your Second Baby by Vicky Lansky

With her humorous and practical advice the author guides parents through the major transition from one child to two. The book contains hundreds of practical tips and advice for this challenging time. Topics include how to explain the coming of the new baby, sibling situations and ideas for showing how love can be shared.

3.       Touchpoints by T Berry Brazelton

The book covers each developmental stage of the first five years of your little one’s life, and gives practical advice and insights into the inner life of your child.

4.       The Magic Years: Understanding And Handling The Problems Of Early Childhood by Selma H Fraiberg

It will offer you a wonderful way of looking at how kids think, and why they act the way they do based on their cognitive and emotional abilities. This book will help you understand why your child is acting strangely around the new baby and why they aren’t driving you nuts just for fun.

5.       Siblings Without Rivalry: How To Help Your Children Live Together So You Can Live Too by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish

This book gives parents the practical tools they need to cope with conflict, encourage cooperation, reduce competition, and make it possible for children to experience the joys of their special relationship.

Books for your kids

1.       A New Brother Or Sister by Charlotte Guillain

With pictures and simple text young readers learn what to expect when a new baby joins the family.

2.       We Have A Baby by Catheryn Falwell

This is a wonderful story of how a family (including older siblings) can love and care for that new baby. It’s an easy read, and perfect for one-on-one story times with a younger toddler.

3.       There’s Going To Be A Baby by John Burningham

This book will help your child prepare for the birth of a sibling, guiding a young reader through the excitement of pregnancy towards the birth of a brother or sister to love.

4.       Share! by Anthea Simmons

It’s hard to share everything and resentment can build up inside. This book will help to explore disgruntled feelings.

5.       Baby On Board by Kes Gray

A good starting point to discuss the facts of life with young children. It may also help to set expectations of how a mother’s pregnancy will change life for an older sibling.

-Janine Nel

Sources: babyzone.com, hobomama.com, parents.com, babycentre.co.uk

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