(Closed) Preparing our dogs for the baby

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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887 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

We’re experiencing the same concern right now (due in early August) :/ I found this article useful: http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/tips/pets_babies.html. I’ve also read to bring a blanket or onesie that the baby has worn home from the hospital before bringing the baby home to get the dogs used to the smell. I’ll be interested to hear what bees with babies already have for advice!

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

As far as when the baby comes home, just don’t exclude them.  Take the introductions slowly and cautiously; they shouldn’t ever be alone with the baby.  But there’s no reason they can’t be around the baby from the very beginning, and there’s no reason they can’t learn to share your time and attnetion, just like siblings have to do when a new child is introduced into the family. 🙂  Mesh baby gates are wonderful, imo, because they give the baby and the dogs some safe areas to themselves while still being able to interact and get to know each other.  

We always kept our dogs very involved with DD, allowing them to spend lots of (supervised) time around her.  One of our dogs does get anxious/nervous around newborn crying, but otherwise both of them have done really well with our kids.  DD loves both of them (in fact one of her first words was dog), and now that she’s a little older, they’re best friends.  It’s true that your dogs will get a little less attention/time from you in the beginning; there’s an adjustment period.  But as your LO gets older, he/she will be able to spend lots of time playing with them and giving them attention.  It more than makes up for that brief infant period when you can’t spend as much time with them.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

@roxy821:  DD is now at an age where she can really play with the dogs, and it is so fun.  🙂  She even gives them hugs and kisses every night before bed; she absolutely LOVES them (and the feeling is reciprocal!).  It’s great to watch them interact and see their relationship grow.  Last night I even told my husband that our dogs are more like her siblings than her pets, lol!

Post # 8
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

We talked to our dog about “the baby” so often when we were expecting.  And now the dog and baby LOVE each other.  As PP stated, ofcourse you have to be careful and never leave the baby alone, but we involved the dog in  the baby’s life- for example… “Lincoln (dog), Lets take the baby for a walk!”.  Now, in the morning, when I go in to get the baby out of the crib, the dog comes with and sticks his snout through the bars and she pats his nose! 

Post # 9
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

I honestly have nothing productive to add, but DH and I have often wondered about this for when we’re TTC with our dogs (both 3). I’ve read the same things like the blanket/onesie, not left alone, supervised, don’t exclude dogs (I have some friends who excluded their dogs and the dogs got even MORE anxious because of it and it never worked out.)

I did want to add this though! Warms my heart.

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