Introducing older siblings to their newborn baby brother or sister can be such an exciting time for families, but it can also raise many worries in parents over how their children will react.
Having just had my third baby girl earlier this year, I tried several ways to prepare my older daughters for the changes ahead in our family’s life. This included involving my children in all aspects of getting ready for baby – such as picking out baby items, preparing the nursery, attending ultrasound appointments, buying a gift for baby and so on.
Being a book lover, one of the best ways I found to prepare them was by reading a story about the arrival of the new baby.
Honestly, I found it tricky finding appropriate books as many raised a lot of negative feelings on this topic. Given that my children had not yet displayed these emotions and were genuinely excited and happy about the arrival of their baby sister it was something I did not wish to raise unless I really had to.
Instead, I was looking for a more positive story and this is exactly what I found in the book, Too Busy Sleeping.
Written by first time author Zanni Louise and illustrated by Anna Pignataro, this book brings a fresh perspective to sibling relationships.
In Too Busy Sleeping, preschool aged Eleanor longs to play with her newborn baby brother Reuben, but he is always too busy sleeping.
The book aims to capture the strong emotions that older children experience on their first day with a new sibling, however feelings of jealously or neglect are not among them.
Rather, this book focuses on the positive aspects having a baby brother or sister. While little Eleanor shows some frustration over having to wait to play with her baby brother, she remains surrounded by a loving and positive home environment.
This books helps prepare children for the reality of having a newborn in the house – a baby who sleeps all the time and cannot yet play in the same way they do. However, Eleanor realises that it’s worth the wait and there are still plenty of things she can do with her baby brother when he finally wakes.
I think preschool children aged five years and under would really love this book. My 6-year-old enjoyed the story and beautiful pictures. Even my 10-year-old commented on it being such a pretty book – she’s very visual – and picked up on how some of the imagery featured what the older sister was hoping to play on one page compared with the reality on the opposite.
Too Busy Sleeping is available in hardcover in September 2015.
For more information, visit Zanni Louise’s website at www.zannilouise.com
*This is not a sponsored post, however a copy of ‘Too Busy Sleeping’ was gifted to me for the purpose of this review (RRP $24.95). All opinions expressed are my own.