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I Used to Be the Baby

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  55 ratings  ·  16 reviews
"I used to be the baby, but now I am big." So begins this story of a not-very-big sibling who suddenly finds himself with a baby brother. He willing shares his toys with the baby, he plays with him, and he knows when to be quiet. He sings a cheerful song when it is needed, and he teaches his brother many useful lessons. But sometimes even the biggest of us likes to be the ...more
Hardcover, 24 pages
Published March 26th 2002 by Greenwillow Books
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Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a nice book about babies for slightly older children. I read it with groups of 2-year olds and their caregivers. I like that it tells a bit about how the baby is different while also acknowledging that sometimes older kids like to be babied too. Not a really exciting book, but a nice read.
Oct 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a good book about becoming an older sibling. It's specifically written about a big brother and a baby brother, but since we're expecting a baby girl I just said "she" whenever the book said "he" about the baby brother, and my 2 1/2-year-old didn't bat an eye.
There's very little sibling resentment mentioned in this book, something I appreciate since my child is very excited about getting a sibling and I don't want to introduce the concept of resentment and jealousy if he isn't naturally f
Aug 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
I like the concept of this book- it's meant for an only child who is getting a new baby sibling, to help them see situations they may find themselves in and see how they can react positively. The baby may try to take away your toys, for example, but instead of getting mad or hitting, you can just get them their own toy to play with. Some of the pages I insert additional advice, and I also said "sister" for the whole book, even though it's about a baby brother. My 23-mo-old son really seems to li ...more
Jun 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Robin Ballard does a great job of setting up the book to show how positive a bad event can be if you help out your brother. With our two boys only 15 months apart, it is a struggle to teach our oldest to help out and not to hurt. This book gives some great ideas of ways the older one can help the baby and mommy as well as enjoying himself. Each part of the story is something my wife and I have experienced with our boys and it is great to read a book that relates to our struggles in a child's voi ...more
Melody Richardson
A little boy is now the big brother of the new baby in the family. He does everything a big brother should, he shares his toys and helps his mom. But sometimes he misses being the baby too. Learning to cope with the new baby in the family is a challenge for any sibling, this boy learns that sometimes he can be the baby too because there is enough love for both of them. This is great for students going through the new sibling problems. It helps show that even with a baby sister or brother, your p ...more
Rachel Rouleau
I liked how the new big brother has a positive outlook here and likes helping his baby brother. Refreshing because most books on the topic present the new baby as very negative to the older sibling, who then comes around like on the last page. Realistic, maybe, but I feel like that's telling the kid to expect it to be a negative experience. My daughter loved talking about how she would do all the things the big brother does in this book. I recommend it!
Sadie Devin
Sep 29, 2016 rated it liked it
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This book is very simple and is about a young child becoming a big brother and not being the baby of the family anymore. This is good for young kids, especially those who are going to have or already have a younger sibling. The illustrations and words are simple and would be a great book for students who are in the beginning levels of reading. This shows ways the big brother can help the little baby, but also shows the big brother getting cuddles from his mom at the end.
Oct 29, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: kid-s-books
This would maybe be better after baby is born, but it's a cute book and we haven't had any about babies for a little while, so I thought I'd pick it up.

This was a great one for reading to the soon-to-be-big-brother. I will definitely get it again closer to his/her arrival because it shows all of the things that baby can't do and how a big sibling can still play or relate to the baby.
Rusty Gregory
Jan 28, 2013 rated it liked it
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"I used to be the baby but now I am big."

Pros: My oldest son likes reading this book. He can definitely relate to being the new big brother. It was a cute book with a happy message. I liked the simplistic style of illustrations too.
Mar 22, 2009 rated it really liked it
very sweet book for big siblings (especially perfect for big brother /baby brothers)... I think i'd end the last page a little differently, but the rest of it is very cute, and is a very positive, big-sibling perspective
Scott Stoner
Sep 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
as a father of 4, I really enjoyed this book and I would recommend it for anyone who is getting ready to have a second child. The pictures are very cute and the concept of the book is good and refreshing
Aug 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
highly relevant these days!
Nov 14, 2015 rated it liked it
I like this take on the "New Baby" genre
Aug 10, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens-books
Thank the lord! A largely resentment-free new baby book that my branch now owns!
This new baby does lots of things that could be frustrating for an older sibling, but this big brother knows just what to do to help his baby and keep his cool.
May 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
This was given to DJ when I was pregnant with A. I think it helped him realize (and me) all the ways he could be helpful with a new baby. I love this book.
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