Too Busy Sleeping was gifted to Mamma Raj for review.
All opinions are my own.
After having two children (a little too close together for my liking) trying to communicate with a young toddler about a baby was… challenging.
I don’t think she knew what was happening when Mummy disappeared to the hospital and the poor little pet was often screaming when she had to leave. My heart broke.
My maternal nurse shared a great insight. She said “It is like your husband has brought home a new wife. He has told you in no uncertain terms she is here to stay and will even share his bed”. Some days I wonder whether she will ever forgive me for having another child.
However, I have found books a great resource to communicate pre-baby and post-baby about what is happening with Little Miss Raj as she loves to curl up on my lap and turn the pages. It is a time when she listens. These days this is a rare occurrence!
With perfect timing, I found in the mail recently a beautiful book Too Busy Sleeping – Zanni Louise and Anna Pignataro.
What’s more, this book has just launched and it is just a REALLY gorgeous book.
We are currently at the stage where I swear I am saying ALL the time ‘Shhh the baby is sleeping’ ‘Please don’t wake the baby’ ‘Don’t open that door’ ‘Don’t knock on the door’. (Yes it is a little random she is polite enough to knock!)
Little Miss Raj is now little older and she understands a lot more of what is going on. However what she doesn’t understand is why the baby now has to sleep or feed when she should be playing with her!
I often find her climbing behind me in the chair and trying to tickle and talk to the baby while I’m feeding. Trying to entice a toddler off my back whilst feeding is probably the hardest time of the day for me. How I got myself in this pickle I don’t know. I think Little Miss Raj just wants to be close to us, a part of it perhaps and definitely wanting attention. NOT. FUN. AT. ALL.
Too Busy Sleeping is a beautifully illustrated book that explores the story of Eleanor constantly waiting for her younger brother Reuban to wake up and being told “the baby is sleeping”. It shares her frustration and depicts how a small child would feel about a new baby. Hey, all this excitement about a baby and they don’t really do anything?
Little Miss Raj has been fascinated by this book and has been a great way to get her to read with me whilst I am feeding. This totally beats wraggling a toddler off my back along with a crying baby.
So thank you Zanni and Anna.
My back and I thank you.
This sensitively told story has captivated my daughter and a book has once again saved the day.
Click here to get a copy!