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.
I can’t believe my baby girl is already four weeks old today – time is really flying and I’m making sure I enjoy every moment. We have settled in well at home and are slowly finding our way into a routine, as much as you can with a newborn anyway.
Part of this has involved the introduction of formula and bottle feeding for my little one after I was unsuccessful with breastfeeding – no judgement please, I know ‘breast is best’ and it certainly wasn’t a decision I made lightly. But that is a whole other post!
I was fortunate to recently be given an electric steam steriliser and bottle pack from Closer to Nature to review – the timing was perfect.
I have never used this brand of baby products before. Even with my two other girls I always tended to use another well known baby brand, however after trying these products out I can honestly say I have been converted!
Oh how ‘ooohed’ and ‘ahhhed’ over the beautiful nurseries I came across on Pinterest.
But I also often wondered if a baby ever slept in that perfectly neat room with that perfectly made cot, had a dirty nappy ever been changed on that extremely well organised change table, and where on earth are the shelves exploding with toys and other baby paraphernalia that you get given?
With those thoughts in the back of my mind, I set myself a task to create a functional nursery on a budget. Despite this being my third baby, it was far from planned (although still very much welcomed) so we had already given away most of our baby items and were pretty much starting from scratch. But that didn’t mean we needed to spend a fortune!
Little bit by little bit, I started to pull things together as I found them. The nursery is now complete and I’m pretty happy with the result, so I thought I would share how it turned out.