21 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Preparing our toddler for the new baby,
By A Customer
This review is from: There's a House Inside My Mummy (Picture Books) (Hardcover)
We bought this book on the recommendation of a colleague, hoping it would help our 21 month old daughter understand that a new baby was on the horizon. She is very keen on the book and talks about the 'house inside mummy' alot, but I'm not sure she really understands! I would have preferred a little more technical information, in a child-friendly way - for example, illustrations of the baby inside. The child depicted in the book is slightly older than ours, and it may be that an older child would respond in a more obvious way.
However, it has definitely helped to bring the subject into the open and explain the growing 'bump', more than other story books we have read, such as 'Spot's Baby Sister', 'Daisy and the Egg', 'I Want a Sister' etc - all of which our daughter very much enjoys, but possibly fails to link to her own situation.
The illustrations and tone of the text are appealingly positive, although at times the rhyming text is a bit twee. Unlike other books on the same issue, it gives no hint of potential problems, such as jealousy, and deals with the subject of a new sibling in a very optimistic way - especially appealing for parents. (I particularly liked the way it suggested everyone should be looking after mummy!) We are yet to discover whether or not it has actually helped, as the baby hasn't arrived...