Come Home Soon, Baby Brother!
Coloring Books for Children with Siblings in the NICU
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It is difficult for the whole family when a new baby is in the NICU. In addition, the baby's siblings might not understand why their new baby can't come home right away. Come Home Soon, Baby Brother! and Come Home Soon, Baby Sister! explain that the NICU is a special place that works to make baby healthy. These coloring books are a playful and informative guide for the baby's older siblings, teaching them what they can do to be a great big brother or sister.


Debi Iarussi is a graduate of Radford University, Virginia. She is a registered Nurse with extensive experience in Maternal Child Nursing and Women’s Services. She has been an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) since 1995. She currently works as a lactation consultant in Austin, Texas, both in the NICU and with healthy newborns, and has a Private Practice called Heart to heart Lactation Consulting. Debi lives with her two children, Jennifer and Andrew, and their dog, Bella. Debi can be contacted at [email protected]


"This NICU coloring book really captures the essence of the "sights and sounds" of the NICU that can bombard the preschool and school-age child when visiting their younger sibling. The process of having children color these pictures, while parents read the accompanying text, will help ease the older sibling's adjustment to having a baby brother or sister in the NICU."
- Susan Landers, MD, Neonatologist and Medical Director, NICU Lactation Support and Nutrition Services, Seton Healthcare Network, Austin, TX

"This NICU coloring book is a wonderful tool for siblings, as it helps guide them through an uncertain time. It explains in terms that children can understand, allowing them the enjoyment of coloring the pictures, as well. This coloring book has a true need in the NICU community for siblings of NICU patients."
- Elizabeth B. Mittiga, RN, BSN, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite.

"This was a great coloring book to make the difficult things about having a brother or sister in NICU easier to understand for young children! I know that my family has had experiences with NICU and the book clearly and effectively explains in words and pictures what is going on, while providing a creative outlet for any young child's distraction and relief!"
- Jacqueline Haronian, review