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8 Books for New Big Sisters

The best big sister books for when you have or are expecting a new baby - Older siblings need reassurance and gifts when the new baby comes. Children need reassurance that life will go on and older kids won't be forgotten. Reading stories about families like theirs will help a lot.

When I wrote about Grace’s big sister gift, several readers emailed to ask why I hadn’t included any big sister books in the backpack. The simple answer is that I’ve gone well overboard in that area, and we have a handful of big sister books already. Here are the ones that we like: What to Expect When the New Baby Comes Home by Heidi Murkoff This book is very detailed. It explains why the baby needs so much attention, why it needs to be fed, why it can’t do anything by itself, and on and on. Grace has never sit … Read more

The Best Gifts for a New Big Sister

Best gift ideas for a new big sister or any older siblings - The best gifts to get for children when a new baby is born. Perfect for in the hospital or at home. Usually from moms or dads but could be from other kids or families. Awesome for toddlers and preschoolers.

Grace has been an only child for more than three years. We get along very well; she’s had all the attention and love she’s ever wanted. Aside from going to work, she has never been with a babysitter. I have a lot of anxiety about our becoming a family of 4. I don’t want Grace to feel abandoned. I don’t want her to feel left out or slighted or jealous of the new baby. I’m sure she will at some point, and that breaks my heart. In my current hormonal state, I get teary eyed even thinking about it. At … Read more