One of the tasks that often occupies the minds of many soon-to-be parents is decorating the nursery. While creating a beautiful, welcoming space for your little one is undoubtedly important, it's equally important to remember that you don't need to rush.
Contrary to what you might see on social media, your baby doesn't require a perfect room from day one. Babies, in their early days, need very little in terms of a fancy nursery. So, think about how you're feeling physically and emotionally before embarking on any decorating projects during pregnancy. You don't want to put unnecessary stress on yourself or your partner.
Or, consider hosting a "nursery decorating party" where loved ones can help with painting, assembling furniture, or even crafting decorations. It's a great way to bond and share the excitement with those closest to you!
Bringing a new baby into your family is an exciting occasion, but its normal to feel a bit worried about how your existing children will react to their new sibling. Start talking to your children about the new baby early on. Make them feel involved by asking for their opinions on baby names, room decor, or even helping you choose baby clothes. This will make them feel important and excited about the new arrival.
Talk to your kids about what will happen when the baby arrives. Explain that babies require a lot of care and attention, and that they might cry and need to be fed often. Depending on their age, involve your older children in baby care tasks like nappy changing, bottle feeding, or helping with bath time to create a sense of responsibility over their little sibling.
When welcoming a little one into the world, it’s important to consider how to introduce your four-legged fur baby to the newest addition to your family. Even before the baby is here, gradually adjust your dog's routine to mimic the changes that will occur when the baby arrives. For instance, if your dog is used to going for long walks, reduce the duration or frequency to prepare them for the changes in your daily schedule.
Before the baby arrives, bring home baby-related items such as the pram, Moses basket, and even a baby doll to let your dog get used to the new scents and objects in the house. This can help reduce their curiosity and anxiety when the real baby arrives.
When the baby arrives home, keep your dog on a lead at first and allow them to approach the baby slowly. Ensure your dog can see, sniff, and become acquainted with the baby from a safe distance. As your baby grows and becomes more active, gradually increase the interaction between your dog and child. Always supervise and continue to reinforce positive behaviour with treats and praise.
Between feeding, changing nappies, and soothing your baby, keeping your home clean can feel like an impossible task! Here are some top tips: