Title: Baby Makes Five (2000)
Authors: Stan & Jan Berenstain
Published By: Random House
On this Family Friday we continue our focus on the littlest member of the family, the baby! Though little, a baby can be a big deal! The Berenstain Bears are here again to teach us how to deal with a new sibling.
For the longest time in the big tree house, in Bear County, it was only Papa, Mama, Brother, and Sister Bear. Then one day everything changed when Honey Bear arrived! Now Brother Bear was an old pro, as he had been through all of this before when Sister Bear was born! He was use to the crying, fussing, burping,and all that came with a baby. Sister Bear on the other hand was the youngest and did not like all of the attention that Honey Bear was receiving from Papa and Mama Bear. Sister Bear was a bit jealous! Even her Aunt, Uncle, and all of Bear County, it seemed, focused all of their attention on the baby. Sister Bear grew grumpy and angry, even taking her anger out on her toys. When she did not include Honey Bear in her family drawing at school Mama Bear knew she has to do something! She pulled out the old home movies, featuring Sister Bear as a baby! And guess what? Sister Bear did the same things that Honey Bear does! This is all it took for Sister Bear to come around and accept that Honey Bear was indeed part of the family and was not going anywhere!
A new baby in the house can be very hard on siblings, especially the youngest sibling as they have been use to being the baby of the family. It is good to talk with and prepare siblings for a new baby before the day baby comes home. Reading books such as this one about babies and everything that comes along with having a baby in the house will help siblings better prepare and know what to expect. Mama Bear used a very good technique in showing Sister Bear videos of herself as a baby. Siblings will realize that they to cried, fussed burped too! Remind and show siblings that they are still special and that the new baby has not taken their place by spending some special one on one time away from the baby or house where the focus can solely be one the older sibling. Bringing a new baby home is frought with changes and challenges but it is a great time to develop and strengthen that sibling bond which will last for a lifetime!
My favorite part of this book: When Sister Bear added Honey Bear to her family drawing!
3 other books by Stan & Jan Berenstain:
▪The BB and Mama’s New Job
▪The BB Learn About Strangers
▪The BB and The Sitter