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12 Books to Prepare Older Siblings For Baby’s Arrival

With only 10 or so more weeks left in this pregnancy, we’re busy getting ready for arrival of new baby.

Recently, I checked out a bag full of books dedicated to prepping the kids for what life will be like living with a newborn (which hilariously resulted in my oldest attempting to move under the sink).

Dedicating story time to exploring what’s about to happen when we bring home baby brother (who is still nameless) has really been helpful, especially for my four-year-old.

It’s fun to explain to her through stories and illustrations that while things are going to be really great, I’m going to depend on her to be a helpful big sister. And even though her new brother will require much of my time and attention, my love for her will never change.

12 helpful books about bringing home baby:


  • A Baby Sister for Frances, by Russell Hoban 1 of 12
    A Baby Sister for Frances, by Russell Hoban
    Frances struggles to find her own importance when mom and dad badger bring home a new sister.
  • The Berenstain Bears’ New Baby, by Jan & Stan Berenstain 2 of 12
    The Berenstain Bears' New Baby, by Jan & Stan Berenstain
    In this story, the bear siblings grow to accept their new addition to the family, with the help of Mom and Dad.
  • I’m a Big Brother, by Joanna Cole 3 of 12
    I'm a Big Brother, by Joanna Cole
    This book is a perfect choice for the 2-3 year old crowd. Simple photos and stories describe what life will be like with a younger sibling.
  • I’m Going to be a Big Sister!, by Brenda Bercun 4 of 12
    I'm Going to be a Big Sister!, by Brenda Bercun
    This book preps older siblings (age 5-7) for the responsibilities of being an older brother or sister.
  • A New Baby at Koko Bear’s House, by Vicki Lansky 5 of 12
    A New Baby at Koko Bear's House, by Vicki Lansky
    This story shares KoKo Bears experiences during pregnancy, birth, and Mama's homecoming. The good, the bad, and even the ugly.
  • Little Rabbit’s New Baby, by Harry Horse 6 of 12
    Little Rabbit's New Baby, by Harry Horse
    Little Rabbit is going to be a big brother! When mama brings home triplet baby rabbits, Little Rabbit decides the babies are not as much fun as he planned. And then one night, Little Rabbit saves the day...
  • My New Baby, by Rachael Fuller 7 of 12
    My New Baby, by Rachael Fuller
    So much changes when a new baby arrives! This book 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 New Baby, by Mercer Mayer 8 of 12
    The New Baby, by Mercer Mayer
    Little Critter has to get used to the fact that "new baby" doesn't play and enjoy the same things as "big kids" do. But in the end, "new baby" is pretty cool to have around.
  • On Mother’s Lap, by Ann Herbert Scott 9 of 12
    On Mother's Lap, by Ann Herbert Scott
    A beautiful book that teaches young children that there is always room for two on mom's lap.
  • Troubletops and the New Baby, by Katherine Halligan 10 of 12
    Troubletops and the New Baby, by Katherine Halligan
    A funny little story about how when mommy and daddy bring home a new baby, sometimes attention is hard to find.
  • The New Baby (Usborne First Experience books), by Anne Civardi 11 of 12
    The New Baby (Usborne First Experience books), by Anne Civardi
    A new baby is a really big deal! This book helps young children share the excitement and prepare them for the big event.
  • Babies Don’t Eat Pizza: A Big Kids’ Book About Baby Brothers and Baby Sisters, by Dianne Danzig 12 of 12
    Babies Don't Eat Pizza: A Big Kids' Book About Baby Brothers and Baby Sisters, by Dianne Danzig
    This book is straight forward and pretty darn funny. Describes to older siblings what life will be like when the new baby arrives.

If you have an older child, have you being prepping them for the baby’s arrival with books? Which ones have been your favorite?

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