Introducing Pets to Your Baby
We know that pets are part of the family, but how do you introduce them to your little bundle of joy? While it may seem complicated at first, it doesn’t have to be!
With the arrival of your baby, the dynamics and daily routine inside your home will definitely change, which may leave your pets feeling confused or even ignored.
Pets thrive on constant attention and routine, so adding a baby to the picture may make them wonder where the hourly cuddles and night walks have gone.
The good news is, you don’t have to wait until your baby is born before helping your beloved pets adjust to the changes! You can start even while you’re still pregnant!
Here are some tips on how to get your pets used to the new routine as early as now.
When you find out you’re pregnant
Cat owners may be luckier in this aspect given that our feline companions are more independent members of the household, spending most of their day sleeping.
Meanwhile, dog owners may have a bit of a challenge on their hands.
While having your dog jump on you when you come home may seem harmless now, the way your dog greets you can become a problem when you’re 6 months pregnant or even when you’re holding a newborn baby in your arms.
If your dog has never been trained before, it’s time to sign them up for obedience classes now.
Also, if you’re a first-time parent, your dog may not be used to being in the presence of children. However, you can help them get used to this by taking them to parks to see their reactions and behaviour around kids.
3 to 4 months before your due date
You’ll want to train your dog to walk next to a baby stroller for safety reasons. Some dogs get excited while walking outside, which may put you in a situation where you’re pulling on their leash while trying to navigate the stroller at the same time which isn’t ideal. Training them early on will make the process easier when your baby is born.
Another way to prepare your pets is by setting up the nursery ahead of time, including the crib, drawers, and other baby essentials. Your pet will get curious about seeing these baby items inside the house, and this will allow them the time to get accustomed.
1 month before your due date
Another low-cost way to do this is by enlisting help from familiar faces like relatives or friends who can look after your pet anytime you need an extra hand.
Coming home after giving birth
Teaching pets and newborns to get along
Instead, redirect their attention to something that makes them happy. This will help them take the changes inside the household in a positive way.
The best way to help your pet and newborn baby get along is by doing baby-related activities together. Changing your baby’s diaper? Let them sit beside you and watch!
As your baby grows up, they’ll begin to explore things with their hands, so teach them to be gentle when patting your pet. Lead by example by showing them how to do it!
Soon enough, your dog will consider your little one as their favourite playmate and best friend.