Preparing your pet for the arrival of a new baby

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Many families begin well before the arrival of any children, with the adoption of a cat or dog.

My husband and I were the proud parents of a gorgeous, loving Labrador called George for several years before having the first of our three girls.

But when the time does eventually come, it’s important to prepare your fur child for the arrival of your baby.

Having been through this several times with our own dogs and cats, here are a few tips that worked quite well for us to ensure everyone settled in nicely.

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Book review: Too Busy Sleeping

Book review Too Busy SleepingIntroducing 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.

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