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Pets around the newborn?

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Tiara posted this 15 November 2018

I have a pup who I love so much, his name is Greyson. Hes super gentle and sweet. He's a lab. I am just worried as to him taking to the baby and vice versa. Everyone tells me not to worry but I can't help it. Any tips or suggestions to get him warmed up to the baby??

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Everly posted this 15 November 2018

I would say that you designate a onesie or a blanket to give to Greyson before you come home with the baby so he can be familiar with your new baby's smell. Also make sure he has his own safe space to feel completely comfortable in. Keep your eye on him and don't let him sense if your nervous with him being around the baby. Hopefully he is an awesome protector for your little one.

Boonsri posted this 16 November 2018

Yep, that is the advice they recommended at hospital. Pets take to a new addition really quickly than a sibling would.

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Jenea posted this 16 November 2018

Has your lab been around any other small children? Does he act skiddish around them? I've read several stories about dogs attacking children but the signs were there straight from the get go. The dogs would be very agitated, barking and scratching to see the baby. The ones who pose no harm are those who take gentle steps and gentle sniffs towards the baby. Just a curiosity look and nothing more. If your guy is already sweet, I can't see why a baby would set him off. Sweet dogs tend to want to protect little things rather than hurt them. 

Palomita posted this 16 November 2018

Oh boy! Am not a pet person. I feel like its a lot of work with baby and then a pet. Everly has a good point.

Kayla posted this 20 November 2018

I agree to take the same advice, but I have also heard to really watch cats around vabirs because they can suffocate babies. With a dog there shouldn't be an issue.

Karen posted this 11 January 2019

I had a cat that became aggressive and was marking my bed anytime the baby was near. Dogs are much easier and can become quickly protective over the baby. I think if they do well around other babies/toddlers then more than likely they will adapt fairly easy.

Talk to your vet, you can try some CBD oil or other calming therapies to help calm your dog with all the new activities going on.

Vanessa posted this 11 January 2019

With a lab, I really wouldn’t worry too much. 

Still, let the dog get used to baby’s smell like it’s been said, and help the dog get used to baby in small increments. 

Most dogs aren’t a problem, but certainly be watchful when they’re in the same room. Dogs are bigger and may do things, even if by accident. I’m paranoid about that, though, hah. 

Tiana posted this 11 January 2019

for my first born, my husband would bring home baby blankets or clothes from the hospital so our dog can get use to her scent being in the house etc. when she arrived home our dog was calm and curious but excited and well behaved. 

Rachel posted this 28 January 2019

We did at first, we have a boxer. He was so good with her, no worries here at all. When my husband went home to let him out, he took home her hospital blanket so he could get used to it before she came home but seriously they are the best of buds!

Desiree posted this 28 January 2019

I'm not really a pet person so for me I wouldn't want pets around my newborn, but I have had friends with dogs that have taken to their newborn well. 

Maya posted this 29 January 2019

We definitely had pets around our newborn. I never second guessed it personally because I love my dog and trust him 

Megan posted this 29 January 2019

I suggest making sure your pet is well socialized before introducing it to a newborn. One of my dogs is the sweetest because he was raised with kids. Our second rescue, I'm not sure if she's ever been around people so I would not trust her with a baby for sure. 

Megan posted this 29 January 2019

This is an important point with dogs! They can pick up on your feelings even if you look relaxed.

 don't let him sense if you're nervous with him being around the baby

Julie posted this 15 February 2019

I agree with the blanket or clothing that smells like the baby.  Bring it home from the hospital and let the dog get used to the smell it worked for us. We also didn't let the dog go into the baby room at all. We taught his that was off limits and only for baby and parents.  He adjusted pretty quickly to our baby and his so protective of him now!  It will all work out just takes some time to transition for the whole family.

Jess posted this 03 March 2019

I had a lab when I came home with my first and a German Shepherd and a new lab when I came home with my second. I was very nervous and first and wanted everything to be perfect so I slowly introduced the pups to baby as soon as we came home. I did not “dismiss” them and keep them away from the baby. Instead I corrected them when they got to close/tried to lick, but I also praised them when they laid down close to the baby or stood up when someone got too close to the baby. It showed them that baby was number one and it was all of our jobs to protect baby. To be honest I never had an issue and instead they just became the greatest of friends. My pups were so protective of my kids when they were babies. 

Yabura posted this 03 March 2019

I had a little yorkie! My baby loved her and it was great. You could feel the puppy baby love in my house. If you’re baby doesn’t have allergies I think it should be fine. 

Tiana posted this 07 March 2019

i remember people suggesting, for pets near the newborn baby , is to bring the babies hospital blanket home for the dog to smell before the baby comes home so they can get use to the scent. 

Destiny posted this 08 March 2019

I read something about introducing them a little at a time that way the animal doesn't get jealous and start acting out

abigail posted this 08 March 2019

i worry about this only because when we went to our birthing class they warned up that cats have jumped into bed with the baby and laid on their face , my mil won't even let her cat around my baby, idk if this is the reason but i have seen so many people post that their dogs are amazing with their kids, i wanted to get one as a puppy to grow with mine

Pepper posted this 08 March 2019

That's a great idea.  Love the idea of getting the animal familiar with baby's scent first.

I would say that you designate a onesie or a blanket to give to Greyson before you come home with the baby so he can be familiar with your new baby's smell. Also make sure he has his own safe space to feel completely comfortable in. Keep your eye on him and don't let him sense if your nervous with him being around the baby. Hopefully he is an awesome protector for your little one.

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