If you have a furry child you may be already wondering how they will adapt when you bring your fresh bundle home from the hospital. While your priorities will shift slightly with the new addition, especially in those early days, you will also be super excited to introduce the new baby to all members or the family, furry ones included. There are a few ways to help ease your pups into the changes that a new baby will bring, I’ve listed some of them below.
1. Show Them The Bump
As you belly grows you might find your sweet pup has a newfound fondness to be close and nearby. I honestly don’t know how, but I swear they understand they have a new family member growing and their protective and loving side comes out. I just melt when I see dogs and bump photos like the one above!
2. Baby Gear
As you get further along in your pregnancy the baby gear is going to start filling up your home. You can create strict boundaries for what your pup is allowed to touch and what not, such as keeping the nursery off limits. However, it is still a good idea to let them explore and sniff the new items under your supervision. This will help them adjust to the changes, and it wont be such an overwhelming shock of new scents and smells once the new baby arrives.
Before you introduce your pup to their new family member, allow them to become familiar with the new scent by giving them a swaddle or burp cloth to sniff. You can ask a family member to bring something home from the hospital ahead of you or even wait for them to be accustomed to the smell before bringing the baby inside for them to meet him or her. You can also start to prepare your pets ahead of time by putting some baby lotion or powder on your skin while you are home to get them used to the scent.
4. Meet and Greet
Plan ahead how you will do the first meet and greet. If your pet is particularly hyperactive it might be a good idea to take them for a long walk so they will not be so energetic when they meet their baby brother or sister for the first time. However you decide to do arrange it, don’t drag out their interaction, it will just build up more anticipation and possibly make your dog feel exiled and less enthusiastic about the new family member.
5. Don’t Forget About Them
Yes, the new baby will be all-consuming for quite a while, but make sure you don’t forget about your prior family members. Your dog still require lots of love and attention from you, too!
As your babe grows they will want to explore and interact more with their furry friend. Make sure you are teaching your little ones to be gentle and sweet to the dog, and supervise them together at all times. It’s never too early to teach our kids how to treat and respect animals properly.