For people with dogs and newborns…

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

idoalterations:  You should start the adjustments now so the dog doesnt associate the baby with the change of sleeping arrangements, so start getting him to sleep in the crate now. I would also stop letting the dog up on the bed and furniture now

Post # 3
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

I would have your dog start sleeping in the crate now, before the baby is born. Every animal is different, so nobody can really tell you how your dog will react. After your baby is born, try to have someone bring home a receiving blanket with your baby’s scent on it when you’re still in the hospital.

Post # 4
Hostess
11469 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

We have two pomeranians and they sleep in our bed and we don’t have any plan to change that. We have been told by many mommies to not try to over quiet the dogs, tippy toe around the situation etc as this will only lead to issues down the road.

Our son will sleep in a bassinet at the side of our bed. If his crying makes them bark we will of course shush them immediately as we always do but I am not worried about them being absolutely quiet. I also truely believe as I have been told by many dog owners that dogs will get used to the child. My SIL and BIL had very loud dogs and now their kids sleep through anything. The dogs are also completely used to the kids and their habits don’t even cause any commotion. 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I have a large mutt dog (mostly terrier mix) who slept in bed with me and who I was really worried about with a newborn. She went sweet nurturing crazy for the baby – and was very careful of her as a newborn. She won’t sleep in the bed anymore now that the baby is here, unless she’s invited and even then if the baby is anywhere touching her she will jump off and put herself in the crate. I think every dog is different, so it’s hard to know what they will be like. I never in a million years would have guessed my dog would be so loving and careful towards the baby! 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

poms are great with kids BUT just to be safe, i agree to have him sleep in the crate. im sure the baby and dog will adjust to each other 🙂 post pics of your pom please 😀

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

We have 2 chihuahuas who sleep in the bed with us. I’m not really sure why having a baby come into the house means your dogs can’t sleep with you anymore. Our plan is for baby to sleep in a bassinet next to the bed until he’s ready to sleep in his own crib in his nursery which is upstairs. It’s never crossed my mind to kick the dogs out of our bed. They are very well behaved. If they don’t like the baby crying then they can go sleep in another room, but I don’t foresee them doing that. I also am not expecting them to bark at the baby crying. They don’t bark at much though. Mainly just the UPS truck. Like a PP said it’s good for the baby to get used to hearing noises. 

Post # 9
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Busy bee

You can get recordings of babies crying and play them every now and then to get your dogs used to the noise if you’re really worried. I don’t think there’s any real reason to kick your dogs off the bed. Dogs adjust to change pretty well and they may even just sleep through it! 

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

idoalterations:  I disagree with having your dog sleep in the crate. I think the dog will be fine in your bed as long as the baby isn’t also IN your bed. My daughter slept next to our bed in a rock n play for 3 moths as a newborn and our dog (a bichon) continued to sleep in our bed with us. 

Our dog does not like children so we were worried about the transition. He has never been aggressive towards kids (or anybody) but when a child would come to visit he would just walk away and sleep on his own elsewhere in the house. When our daughter came home he seemed to know she would be coming. He sniffed her initially and then would come over to investigate her when she was in her swing or bouncer and then would lay down in front of here wherever she was and sleep. In bed at night he didn’t care if she cried. If I didn’t get up right away he would nudge me but once I got up to tend to her he would just move right into my spot on the bed lol. Now that she’s one and running around they are best friends. She crawls all over him, steals his toys, “pets” him and he loves it. He kisses her non stop and waits outside her door every morning and at nap time for her to get up. 

Some things we did to help the initial transition was have him listen to babies cry on itunes or youtube and while we were in the hospital my mom brought him a shirt she had been wearing. We were in the hospital for 3 days and he carried the shirt around with him the whole time like a blankie. We also made sure he had plenty of attention after she came home. Thats why we kept him in our bed. We wanted him to still have his place. My dad came over and walked him everyday and I was sure to cuddle and play with him when I wasn’t tending to the baby. Honestly we were shocked at how well the transitionw ent since our dog isn’t exactly kid friendly. He still ignores other kids but loves “his” kid. Good luck!

Post # 13
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

idoalterations:  our dog isnt a barker so she doesn’t bark when bsby cries. She does get concerned though and goes over to check on baby, then will come over to DH or I like she’s telling us to go get baby. It’s cute!

we played some baby crying videos while I was pregnant to see if the dog would react and she didn’t.

we still have dog in the bed with us – we couldn’t get her out if we tried! She is very respectful of the baby and giving her space. She usually sleeps up by DH and I but whrn baby is in the bed with is she moves down to the foot of the bed.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

Ballet513:  that was the best thing I have ever read on here. I almost teared up a little! 

Post # 15
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Oh and we had DH bring home the hat dd wore in the hospital and the second he walked in the door she knew something was up. She just sat there staring into space sniffing. We had her go to doggy daycare the day we brought baby home to wear her out since she gets super excited around new people. It wasn’t even a. Issue. When she came in she sniffed around baby but that was it.

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