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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Jane posted this 25 March 2019

I feel ya, mama. I worried so much about my pets around the newborn when we first came home. Luckily mine are relatively used to kids thanks to family, but I still made sure they had proper manners while I was pregnant to make things easier. Little stuff adds up (i.e. no jumping up on the furniture without being invited, they must sit before going through a door, etc) As far as when you get home, keep it easy. Don't act nervous. Pets pick up on that. Keep it upbeat, happy, and short. Don't stress the dog with prolonged interactions. And remember, regardless of breed, never leave your baby unattended with a dog.

Shannon posted this 25 March 2019

I just went through the whole pets around newborn babies process and it went great! We took things slow with our dogs and didn't rush the process. We made sure to expose the dogs to kids beforehand through family and worked at curbing any impulsive behaviors (jumping, mouthing, etc). Before I came home, my husband introduced baby's scent to them via blanket. It was smooth sailing, really. 

Jenny posted this 24 March 2019

Pets around newborn babies makes me nervous, but there are ways to make it easier. Preparing while pregnant is your best defense. Play baby sounds on your cell so your dog doesn't hear the baby cry for the first time and experience fear. Let your dog explore all the baby stuff too before baby comes home. Let him sniff the crib, the car seat, the bassinet, etc. Letting him sniff something like a toy or blanket with the baby's scent on it is beneficial too. When it's warm enough, I highly recommend "pack walks" with the baby in the stroller and your dog by your side. This is a tactic used with new dogs in the home, but a new baby is technically part of the pack as well. I do recommend bringing an extra person as well just in case you encounter any loose dogs. Unfortunately my neighbhorhood is riddled with them.  

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Krista posted this 24 March 2019

Be super careful with pets around the newborn! Even the sweetest one can have flashes of jealousy or hurt the baby accidentally (try to lift the baby, lay on the baby, etc) Before the birth, play some baby sounds if possible (crying, cooing, etc) that way your dog is already familiar with the sounds. With acclimating, have someone bring a blanket home with the baby's scent while you're in the hospital so he already becomes accustomed to it. When you get home, let him walk around the nursery and sniff around while you hold the baby. If he's calm, allow him to sniff the baby's swaddle while you hold him just so he gets more comfortable with him. I can't stress enough however, NEVER leave a dog alone with a baby. Ever. 

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Kim posted this 21 March 2019

Just introduce them slowly. That's what we did. We didn't leave the baby alone with pets nearby until we felt comfortable. 

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Destiny posted this 21 March 2019

I love seeing pets around newborn babies, I love kids growing up with pets. We have two cats and they are not fans of crawling creatures so we can never find them in the house!

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loren posted this 21 March 2019

I was okay with having pets around newborns. We have a great family dog that my husband had before our relationship and he was really good around both of our children. it might have had something to do with his mature age but he let them play with him and ruff him up until he was tired or not in the mood and he wood go lay down and hide and I would keep the children away from him.

Yasmin posted this 20 March 2019

I would keep pets around the newborn for at least 2 months or so. I know we keep them vaccinated but we also have to worry about allergies and hair/shedding, paws after being outside. so it's a lot to consider before you yourself learn your baby.

Laila posted this 19 March 2019

new born babies near pets taking some getting use to. pets can be scared or anxious and act out. my mom said her cat would start peeing in the babies room and my dog didn't event care that the baby was in the house. so it might depend on your animals personality.

Kendall posted this 19 March 2019

For my first born, my husband brought home a blanket that our son had been using to let the dog sniff and get used to. It seemed to have worked because he was carrying the blanket around everywhere, and by the time we brought our son home he was super excited and overprotective of him. It's not always easy but I hope that it will be in your case. 

Mary posted this 19 March 2019

Depends on the animal. It’s a no from me. One of my cats was aggressive, felt my daughter was intruding and scratched her so she had to be rehomed. 

Sydni posted this 18 March 2019

So glad I came across this post, we have been talking about getting a dog to keep me mostly company when my fiancé is off on away games! we always heard golden retrievers are really good family dogs and great pets around newborn babies. we plan to get a pup so they can grow up together.

Jessica posted this 18 March 2019

We have a cat and with all of the stigmatization around cats I was scared when we got pregnant to bring our pet around the newborn. We are about a year in and he hasn't acted out. Most of the time he stayed away like he was scared of the baby and just wanted to be alone! now he sleeps in her room under her bed and I make sure I am around them both when they are in the same vicinity.

Brenda posted this 17 March 2019

I've always wondered if pets should be around newborns but I don't think there's anything wrong with it as long as they are introduced to each other slowly and consistently. Sure some pets will be more hyper than others, and it may be a challenge depending on how young the pet is. If you have somewhat of a trained pet, then it should be a piece of cake. They will grow to love each other. 

Alaysia posted this 14 March 2019

We have a little yorkie, he's still a baby and very hyper so I was concerned about having a pet around a newborn. so far he just like to sniff the baby and sit really close to him, so I like to think he's being very protective and knows he has a little brother in the house now.

Shaunice posted this 13 March 2019

newborn babies around pets are a surprise none the less, my dog actually didn't care and stayed as far away from the baby as he could. not sure if he felt alone or scared or didn't know what that creature was, HAHA so i didn't have much difficulty with our pet ad newborn months! 

Annalyssa posted this 08 March 2019

i don’t worry too much with newborns since they aren’t mobile yet. I did teach my dogs boundaries so they knew they weren’t allowed to be in the baby’s face. The big concerns with dogs and babies happens when the baby starts grabbing and moving. Babies don’t understand what treatment  is appropriate for a dog and many dogs will react no matter how good they are under certain situations. Never leave the dog unattended with the baby and watch your dogs body language. Once the baby is older be sure to teach proper treatment from the beginning (don’t let the baby crawl on the dog, grab the dog’s hair etc). I have two small dogs and we haven’t had any major issues but one did take a while to warm up and lots of training for me to trust her. I still never leave my dogs unattended with any children though. 

ASHLEY posted this 08 March 2019

I have two dogs and I just always kept them locked in the kitchen due to hair I didn't want any of the babies stuff to get full of it or her getting sick with the germs. She is one now and I will let her go in the kitchen with them and she loves them . They are very good with her but I wouldn't trust them still completely 

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.

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

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