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Big Kid Stuff: Bottles, Binkies, and Beds

By Anna B.
November 27, 2021

Babies get bigger, it’s just what they do! Navigating the changes of toddler life can be quite the task. With a little encouragement (and maybe reading about it), your little might be ready to try out some big kid stuff and say goodbye others.

Looking forward to potty training?! Be sure to check out our other blog post Big Kids Stuff: Potty Training for books for grownups support and kiddo motivation.

General Big Kid Advice

How To Be a Big Kid / editor Hélène Hilton.

A guide to becoming a big kid includes tips on getting dressed, going to school, being polite to grown-ups, and staying safe.

Watch Me Grow!

Each day baby is learning something new! Teach little ones about their incredible milestones with this colorful title featuring growing babies from 1 to 24 months!

You are one / Sara O’Leary ; artwork by Karen Klassen

From a tiny babe to the first steps toward toddlerhood, a baby grows and changes in leaps and bounds.

You are two / Sara O’Leary ; artwork by Karen Klassen

Walking, running, understanding more words, speaking their names, and forming first memories are all exciting achievements.


No more bottles for Bunny! / Bernette Ford and [illustrations by] Sam Williams.

When Bunny wants to have some “tea” and cookies at Ducky’s tea party, he gladly throws his bottle away so he can enjoy the benefits of being a big boy.

Bye-bye bottles, Zebra / written by Michael Dahl ; illustrated by Oriol Vidal.

Little Zebra is growing up, and from now on he wants to use a drinking cup, not a baby bottle.


No more pacifier, Duck / written by Michael Dahl ; illustrated by Oriol Vidal.

Little Duck is growing up, and it is time to make the decision to give up his pacifier for good–even at bedtime.

Bye-bye binky / Maria van Lieshout.

A little girl explains that she does not need a pacifier anymore, because she is a big kid now.

Big Beds

The big bed / Bunmi Laditan ; pictures by Tom Knight

A young girl tries to persuade her father that he is the one who should sleep in a special, little bed while she shares the big bed with Mommy.

I sleep in a big bed / Maria van Lieshout

A child who used to sleep in a crib celebrates graduating to sleep in a big kids’ bed–even though waking up there in the middle of the night can be a little scary.

Big bed for Giraffe / written by Michael Dahl ; illustrated by Oriol Vidal

Giraffe has outgrown his crib, and needs to graduate to a big boy bed.

Bye-bye, crib / by Alison McGhee ; illustrated by Ross MacDonald

A big boy and his best stuffed friend seek the courage to move to a gigantic new bed.