Introducing Your Baby to Your Fur-Babies
Before you were well on your way to becoming parents, you were already proud parents … to your fur-babies!
More and more, people consider their pets to be their children, and this doesn’t stop when you have human children. Sometimes, pets get a bad rap when it comes to babies, but with the right preparation and training, all of your babies can grow and play together like you’ve been dreaming! Keep reading for advice on how to introduce your pets to your new baby:
Hello fur-baby, this is baby
- If there is going to be a shift in your pet’s routines once baby arrives, make sure to start shifting them one to two months before birth – this gives them time to adjust before it’s showtime and helps to make sure they don’t associate the changes with your new baby.
- Get your pet used to the sounds and smells they are going to be exposed to when baby comes home. Play recordings of babies crying or let them sniff around a sock with baby powder on it. This will help them accept the new normal before there’s an actual baby to worry about.
- Make sure there is a safe space your pet can retreat to if your baby becomes too overwhelming or the baby won’t leave your pet alone once your baby is more mobile.
When Kitty Meets Baby
- While pregnant, be careful of toxoplasmosis, a parasitic infection that can be caused by your precious kitty eating small mammals or birds. Toxoplasmosis can cause miscarriage, stillbirths, and birth defects when contracted during pregnancy.
- To prevent this, keep your cat indoors for the duration of your pregnancy and make sure their litter is cleaned at least twice a day
- Let your cat explore the nursery before baby arrives – this way they get their curiosity out of the way before your little one has moved into the room.
- Just make sure that your kitten doesn’t decide that the crib is their new favorite napping place – let them know that the furniture is not for them
- Cats are basically heat-seeking creatures at heart, and they’re big fans of milk, so your warm little milky-breathed baby is going to be a dream to them – that’s where the myth that cats suffocate babies comes from. They just really like your little one – so be sure to keep an eye on your cat to make sure they don’t get too close for too long. Poor cats simply have a bad rap!
It’s a Dog Meet Baby World
- When you first come home from the hospital, greet your puppy without your baby for the first time – you’ve been gone for a while and your dog might want to jump and attack you with love!
- Make sure you give your dog lots of love and attention when the baby is around so they don’t feel ignored!
- The introduction itself!
- Allow your dog to fully adjust to the new sight, scents, and sounds that come with baby from a distance
- Once they are comfortable at a distance, allow your puppy to come closer to sniff while on a leash
- Make sure to give them lots of praise and pets while this is happening
- Once your dog is used to the smell, allow them to sniff off-leash (never leave your baby unattended with your dog, no matter how much you trust them)!