Our daily reading pile has changed slightly over the past few weeks. Since Busby announced that she didn’t want the baby I thought that I should do a little fire fighting on the situation, so I had a wee shop around and found some pregnancy-related story books, and (to my joy) also discovered a sticker book on the subject!
The first book I introduced was Waiting for Baby by Child’s Play and illustrated by Rachel Fuller. It’s a lovely, simple board book, with bright illustrations and is full of questions; from the size of baby, to how long Mummy and Daddy will be away. The book has helpfully assisted our baby chats. Busby especially likes the blood pressure page – as she often comes to my midwife appointments with me and pretends to pump my other hand while my pressure is being read.
The second book I introduced has been a huge hit! There’s a house inside my Mummy by Giles Andreae and Vanessa Cabban is written in verse, and is beautifully and brightly illustrated. Busby has enjoyed pointing out the various toys and activities on each page, and it has inspired her to talk to Bump more through my “tummy telephone”. She loves the last page where the baby appears, and enjoys telling us “how cute” the baby is. Unfortunately the “and see she gets some rest” page hasn’t quite hit home with Busby yet, but we’re working on it…!
The final book is the Usborne First Experiences The New Baby Sticker Book which is illustrated by Stephen Cartwright. It tells the story of the Bunn family, and how they’re welcoming the third member of their family into the world. The storyline is great, if a little old school, and once all the stickers are finished it remains a good tale that explains everything from getting ready for baby’s arrival to baby returning home. I like that the sticker book also shows Mrs Bunn breastfeeding, and this has been a good opener for conversations with Busby about where Baby’s food comes from. There’s also a duck to find on each page – in the classic Usborne style!
These books have been a fantastic way to spend some quiet time with Busby, and explain to her about why Mummy is so tired, why her tummy is growing lots, and what life will be like once her little brother has arrived.