So, up to this point, your dog or cat has been your baby, but now a little human is coming. It’s normal and actually smart to worry about how the two will blend together. It is very likely that everything will go quite well and that your pet and his child will be very close friends, but there are some things you can do to be prepared. First some tips for dogs:
Teach your dog to stay out of daycare
Immediately start lifting a door or keep the door closed to help your dog learn to stay out of the baby’s room. Afterwards, you can let the dog into the room, especially if you are there, but it is best to prepare it first so that it will stay away.
Introduce your dog to other children
If you’ve never been with a child, carefully bring him into your life. You are much less likely to be anxious about your baby if she introduces him gradually.
Make sure he is well trained
A child’s behavior is not predictable, so your dog must be an adult in this case. If your dog won’t obey you, it’s time to train before the baby arrives. If your dog is male and you haven’t neutered him, now is a good time for that too. It should make the dog calmer and more polite.
Then there’s the cat – some of the same ideas work for cats too, except that training them not to enter a room is quite difficult. By the way, they easily climb through doors and baby cribs. Therefore, in addition to a baby gate, it is advisable to buy a net to pass the crib and keep the cat out. Also, if your cat sleeps with you, don’t put the baby in your bed with the cat in the room.
For both types of pets, keep the food and water bowl away from the baby. Babies love to play with them, and not only can this be confusing, it can make the animal even more jealous. Also, at some point, if your child manages to get to the pet food, he will try to eat it. I promise.
Your child and pets should develop a good relationship with few problems. Be diligent for a while until everyone is comfortable and continue to have a happy home.