Book review: How Big is our baby? By Smriti Prasadam-Halls and illustrated by Britta Teckentrup.

If you were anything like me when I was expecting, I loved to read about the progress my bump was making. From discovering what size the baby was to the different features it had grown, I found it all fascinating.

When I was expecting my second child, I enjoyed the pregnancy but I was also very mindful that my first born was going to become a big sister. How Big is Our baby? Is a brilliant book for you to discover the progress your baby is making and a wonderful one for soon to be siblings to enjoy with you.

Cover shot of how big is our baby?

The book begins with wonderful introductory pages for soon to be siblings to warm to the idea that there soon will be a brother or sister in their home. The book brilliantly and gently encourages conversations with your child regarding emotions, the baby needing a safe place to grow and how their sibling will ultimately be a friend for them to play with as they get older.


The next part of the book is then spilt into the months of  pregnancy with double page spreads showing what the month means for baby bump. The size of baby bump is compared to something familiar, a fruit or vegetable and information on what baby is growing is stated. It is also lovely to see prompts and questions for soon to be sibling to complete. For example, Have you thought of any names for baby? How many fingers and toes do you have?

Extract from How big is our baby? showing 3 months in pregnancy

The book doesn’t conclude at 9 months but instead explores When Baby Comes. Readers are encouraged to a give a lovely warm welcome to their new brother or sister and explains that baby at first will indeed be sleeping and feeding more than they perhaps imagined.

In addition to all the lovely information shared, the book is presented brilliantly. Britta Teckentrup’s illustrations are wonderfully warm, engaging and so child friendly. They are uncomplicated illustrations sharing artwork of diverse children.

The book is a great one and would make a wonderful gift.

When I found out that I was expecting my second child I discussed this a lot with my eldest. I also shared books with her about becoming an older sister and this would have been a wonderful addition to our collection. I have previously blogged about what I did to prepare her in a blog post,  You’re going to be a big sister – Part 1, .

Many congratulations if you are expecting, may your journey into parenthood be a fantastic one.

Disclaimer: I received this book from the publishers. All words and opinions are entirely my own. This post contains affiliate links.

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