the growth of a baby from conception to birth carefully explained; perfect for soon-to-be older siblings

the growth of a baby from conception to birth carefully explained; perfect for soon-to-be older siblings

ages 2 to 10 years
There’s quite a collection of pregnancy/new baby books on my shelves (favourites: this one  and this one) and I’m forever on the lookout for others with a fresh and interesting approach.

This one, 9 Months, is great:

Each month of a pregnancy—from conception to birth—is given a two-page spread that clearly sets out the stages of a baby’s growth.

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a delightful exploration of the nuances of family life, friendship and school

a delightful exploration of the nuances of family life, friendship and school

ages 3 to 8 years
Henrietta is a ‘great go-getter’ with an ‘adventurous spirit’ and ‘great determination’.
She’s also ‘an explorer of life, and that includes trees, bugs, animals and all mysteries.’ She’s waiting for a new baby—and hoping for a sister. She’s also starting school, making new friends, having her first sleepover and doing all the things that lucky children do at that age.

There are disappointments of course

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KPtheBaby cuteness overload and a great music compilation

KPtheBaby cuteness overload and a great music compilation

Just a little quickie here—because this video came to me this morning and I have to pay it forward! There are >1.7m views on youtube (and counting) but I'm pretty sure many would be return visits. I did my bit!

First, here's the star of the show—KPtheBaby.....

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welcoming a new baby can be a tricky business!

welcoming a new baby can be a tricky business!

Elmore Green has everything pretty much the way he wants it. He chooses what he watches on TV, he puts his "precious things on the floor and no one moved them ONE millimetre.” You won’t be surprised to hear that everything changes for Elmore when a new small person arrives!
ages 2 to 8 years 

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the power and beauty of a birth surrounded by home, hearth and love

the power and beauty of a birth surrounded by home, hearth and love

ages birth to 10 years
There’s an unforgettable beauty to birth—the kind of beauty that links generations. And I can’t imagine a more tender and gentle tribute to mothers and the wonder of birth than Hello Baby. I still get goosebumps every time I read it.
 

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extremities require courage and resilience

extremities require courage and resilience

ages 4 years to grownup
Set in Mozambique, this beautifully told and illustrated story is inspiring and full of wonder in itself, but becomes even more so when the true story is told alongside it. It shows the courage and strength of a young mother in crazy circumstances.

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a tender and insightful reminder to notice the wonderful music of life

a tender and insightful reminder to notice the wonderful music of life

ages baby to grownup
Which moments in life matter to you? A new Baby? Learning to ride a bike? An evening under a night sky sequinned with stars? A restless night spent worrying? In moments like these, The Flying Orchestra comes to town.

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THE BOSS BABY :: hilarious insights into life with a new baby

THE BOSS BABY :: hilarious insights into life with a new baby

You might know a baby who is the head of household ... perhaps one even lives in your house.  Parents, siblings and grandparents will all recognise the The Boss Baby and their own responses.  Full of 'we've all been there' moments.  Lots of fun for littlies too as they giggle at the things the Boss Baby gets away with.
ages 0 - 6 and grown-ups
 

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captures perfectly the love between mother and daughter

captures perfectly the love between mother and daughter

ages 4 years to grownup
Heavens this is a beautiful book! It’s a teary one; a lovely wander through the life of a baby girl told through the eyes of her mother. Truly, I get goosebumps every time I read it—i
t’s my go-to baby shower or pregnancy present for mothers who are expecting girls .

A young mother holds her newborn and kisses her fingers. And she tells the baby of her mother-wishes for the baby’s life. Things like: 

Someday your eyes will be filled with a joy so deep that they shine.
 

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