Baby-love Books is offering our readers a giveaway of Mama, Talk About Our New Baby, a value of $15.99.
From Baby-love Books:
“Mama, Talk About Our New Baby is the story of a young boy who, with the help of his mother, learns what life will be like after his sister is born. Imaginative and detailed illustrations guide parents and children alike through a variety of gentle and responsive parenting themes such as breastfeeding, co-sleeping, and baby wearing.
Mama, Talk About Our New Baby provides children with a beautiful and unique introduction to the attached family and helps prepare young readers for life with a new sibling.”
From our reviewer, Joella at Fine and Fair:
Mama, Talk About Our New Baby is a children’s book that helps children learn what to expect when a new baby arrives. This attachment parenting-friendly book includes themes such as breastfeeding, babywearing, and cosleeping. This professional-quality book has a hard cover and is twenty beautifully illustrated pages in length.
Baby-love books is the team of author Toni Olson and illustrator S. Marie Carlson. Toni Olson is a work-at-home mother of two who had two natural home births and is passionate about empowered birth and the benefits of breastfeeding. S. Marie Carslon combines her love of art with her love of pregnancy and birth.
Mama, Talk About Our New Baby is their second creation, following their collaboration on Mama, Talk About When Max Was Born, a book that helps children prepare for water birth at home, and one which was previously given a rave review on Natural Parents Network.
As a mother expecting her second child, I have been disappointed by the “mainstream” books meant to help prepare older children for the arrival of their younger siblings. Several friends have given our daughter “big sister” books, and I found that they failed to reflect our style of parenting. In some of the books, the baby was never pictured being held by anyone, but was always in a stroller, crib, or bouncy seat. The books exclusively depicted bottle feeding with no mention of nursing and no images of babies at the breast. That babies slept in cribs in a nursery was stated as a matter of fact. I found myself explaining to my daughter as we looked at these books that we don’t do things quite like that, and having to make adjustments to nearly every page. It was as confusing to her as it was frustrating to me!
Enter: Mama, Talk About Our New Baby! This book, written by a work-at-home mother of two, is a breath of fresh air for a naturally minded attached parent. It depicts a family much like our own. The baby is carried and worn in carriers by both mother and father. Throughout the book, the baby is shown at mother’s breast, helping to normalize nursing and serve as a reminder to older children who are past weaning. Since this book arrived, my 3-year-old daughter has started nursing her dolls and stuffed animals again! There are images and explanations of a family bed, and the baby’s needs are swiftly and gently met throughout the book. There wasn’t a single aspect of this book that didn’t resonate with our family or that required confusing contradictions or explanations on my part.
The colorful and beautifully done illustrations in this book are perfectly detailed without being too busy. In the weeks since this book has been added to our library, my daughter has spent hours exploring, describing, and asking questions about the drawings on each page. The family depicted in this book is multi-racial, and several races are represented throughout the pages in various outings. Mothers and fathers are both shown as involved and loving parents. This book is appropriate for and easily understood by children in a wide range of ages. While many of the books we’ve received have seemed over my toddler’s head or too wordy to keep her attention, the text on the pages of Mama, Talk About Our New Baby is brief enough, and the illustrations interesting enough, to keep her captivated and even ask me to read it again.
Mama, Talk About Our New Baby is the perfect book for preparing children in attached families for the birth of a new sibling. The thought and creativity that went into every word and illustration is evident. This book is so well done that I can’t muster a single complaint about it! Even my midwife was so impressed with it (and the Talk About Max book) that she wants to add them to her own library. For attached parents who are feeling frustrated with the lack of representation of their parenting styles in books to prepare older siblings for a new baby, this book will be a refreshing and comforting find.
You can purchase your own copy of Mama, Talk About Our New Baby at baby-love books. This book is available for $15.99 plus applicable shipping charges.
And just for Natural Parents Network and Fine and Fair readers, baby-love books is giving a 15% discount on all orders from now through December 1. Enter code NPN15 during the ordering process.
Be sure to also check out our review of Mama, Talk About When Max was Born, an excellent children’s book about homebirth to add to your library.
The winner will receive one copy of the children’s book Mama, Talk About Our New Baby. Contest is open worldwide.
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Contest closes December 1, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.
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Information About Our Reviewer:
Joella works as a Substance Abuse Counselor, and blogs at Fine and Fair about the journey of raising her children as responsible citizens of the world with the values of compassion toward all living things, environmental responsibility, feminism, conservation, and celebrating diversity in all of its forms.