Introducing Pets to Your Baby

Baby in diaper and cat sleeping together

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

Pregnant woman reading tablet with golden retriever puppy at home

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

Young pregnant woman at home with her cute dog