I hesitated before buying this because some reviewers thought it was old-fashioned and traditional. Actually, we found there was nothing wrong with it (for us) and it was exactly what we needed. It doesn't matter that our family is not exactly the same as the family depicted, or that it is unlikely the grandparents will come and stay, as in the book. In terms of putting across the main sequence of events, it was great. Perhaps if you are having a home birth, or are a single parent, or your family unit is in some other way atypical, you might want to consider other titles first. But for most families, this is the clearest, most direct and engaging 'new baby' book for toddlers that I have come across. Out of 3 books that we bought, this is the only one my 2 1/2 year old son wanted to return to. Top marks from me.