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How can I prepare my pets for when baby comes home?

Re: How can I prepare my pets for when baby comes home?

The Bump Expert

Chances are, your pets are already onto you. As your bump grows, your animals will probably get a sense of what's going on. They're baby-makers too, after all. That’s not to say they won’t be jealous, though, especially if they’ve been the “babies” in your life up until now. To keep your dogs, cats, or other critters from getting too stressed when baby comes home, try these tips:

Make some racket
Babies come with all sorts of new sounds. Turning on your infant swing or toys that make noises (or even playing recordings of babies crying) can help your furbabies prepare for your home’s new soundtrack.

Introduce smells
Try letting them sniff the new stuff you’re buying for baby (diapers, lotions, powders) to get accustomed to the new aromas.

Start new rules
Start prepping them for any new rules, like changes to when and where they're allowed in the house.

Ignore them sometimes
Since you’ll probably be spending much less time doting on your pets once baby's around, you can help them adjust by slowly spending less time with them now. It might be tempting to get in as much cuddle time as possible before baby changes the scenery (we know it’s tough!), but gradual change is much easier on an animal than just cutting them off when you bring home your new bundle. Your partner can also help out by forming a stronger relationship with the pets, redistributing a bit of the attention rather than cutting it out.

Bring in the babies
Inviting friends to bring over their new children may help your pets get used to having an infant around, and will give you an opportunity to see how your pets react to babies. Be sure to monitor them closely!

Stop bad habits now
Train your pets not to jump on the crib, jump in your lap without permission (that’s where baby will be!), or engage in potential harmful behaviors like jumping, swatting, or nibbling. Some moms use aluminum foil or double-sided tape on the crib and changing table to train cats not to jump up (both materials tend to freak felines out).

Visit the vet
Don’t forget to have your animals checked out by the vet before baby comes along to make sure they're healthy and up to date on vaccinations. And remember to make arrangements for your pets’ care while you’re off delivering that baby!

Finally, just relax and trust that everything will be fine. It might take some getting used to, but everyone will adjust to the new addition to the family soon enough.

Erin Walters

Q&A: How can I prepare my pets for when baby comes home?

Another suggestion we were given in our pre-birth class was to save the babies hat that's put on when he or she is born, bring it home for the animals to smell before the baby comes home. They said the hospital is more than happy to save it when the nurses take the hat off before the babies first bath, typically it gets thrown away unless you ask for it to be saved.

snowangel21480 |

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i have also heard to bring home a wet diaper from the baby to let your pet smell before baby comes home from the hospital.

DanaE414 |

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With my first child, we just took it day by day, all through my pregnancy and after my son was born. My dog and my parent's cat (I was a young mom) all took it in great stride. I didn't treat any of them any differently, except for letting my dog (a dalmation) not climb into my lap. She eventually got the idea and would just put her head on my lap instead. The cat pretty much just stayed away from the noisy person, which was no big deal since she doted on my dad anyway. With the pets I have now (2 cats.. the dog has since passed).... well they are cats. They don't require (nor demand) a lot of my attention, and my male cat has spent less time in my lap on his own (I don't think he likes my stomach poking at him randomly). So I guess what I suggest is just take it day by day and don't forget to let your furbabies know that you still love them. And let them sniff the baby when you bring him/her home for the first time. Chances are quite likely that your pet will be very cautious and not want to make any sudden moves anyway, and if the baby does, your pet may just step back to give it space. :)

BabyElora |

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Starting at week 31 is honestly too late in the game to start trying to prepare your animals for the arrival of a new baby. By that point you are tired and most likely uncomfortable, you probably won't focus on training your dog/cat too much at that point. You'll be focusing on the impending birth. A great blog I recommend is by a frequent Pets board member who has a lot of great information regarding conditioning your pets for the arrival of a baby. Here is the link to some great tips that have been proven effective: http://babiesandbeasts.blogspot.com/search/label/The%20MOST%20IMPORTANT%20post%20in%20here

Mrs_D_in_KY |

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We are only 20 weeks along, and already our dog (a male Jack Russell, the most unmannered dog in the world), who has no experience with babies at all, knows what's going on. I remind him at least once a day that Mommy has a baby in her tummy, and that he has to be gentle to baby; he loves to give the baby kisses!! When my husband and I sit on the couch, he used to jump up right away. Now he asks very politely to come up. Also, he used to bark really loud in the mornings to be let out; now all I have to say is "ssh, baby sleeping", and now he tones it down to barely audible. Sometimes he can be bratty, like older child "I was here first" syndrome, but with a sharp correction, it disappears. I am quite surprised that he's made the transition so well so far, as we are both SO guilty of babying HIM. Really, I think they just KNOW, you know? I have absolutely no doubts that he will be a wonderful fuzzy big brother to the new addition! I think the biggest thing is using the word "baby" in a soft, gentle tone...and he'll get the idea.

amandajs7 |

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We had put an end to the chewing and snipping during horse play as puppies, but we have two very long haired dogs and one of the things we didn't thing to prepare them for until expecting, was was the fur pulling that comes along with older babies, and toddlers. So we started randomly tugging at their fur and tails, much like younger children like to do. If the dogs snapped they were told in a stern voice "no." I'm 22 weeks pregnant, and my youngest dog has gotten it already. The oldest was already trained from when I had my son 7 years ago. Good luck!

taffie |

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I have a pitt bull...and people tend to stereo type these loving dogs. And I personally have a great relationship with ours. He's been in our family for five years now, and has been our only baby. But I have noticed he has been really protective over me lately. When I am in a bad mood or not feeling up to par, he comes and lays down with me and never leaves my side. But we have already started to get in the habit, to tell him to stay off the couches and stuff. And he knows not to jump on anyone. And we have plenty of kids in the neighborhood, who just comes over to visit him only. :) So he is very excellent with children. I have been trying to even out my time with him and other things. Just so that he knows that I will be busy for the most part. But towards the end of the days, I normally spend about an hour of me and Daymian(our dog) time. So has something to look forward to. He has been a great addition to this family and I just know he will love our lil one on the way.

Mommalokita |

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I have a beautiful Red-nosed Pitbull named Sway too. It really is unfortunate that people stereotype pitties the way they do. It's not the breed, it's how the owner has raised and treated the dog. We have already started introducing Sway to the baby's swing noises and toys. A friend of mine brought over her 2 month old and Sway just crawled up to her and laid next to the baby close enough to be close and far enough away to not crowd her, all by herself! She took a minute just to sniff her, then went and laid next to her with her tail wagging the whole time :). She is always coming and laying right next to me and watches me get ready now that I'm pg, where before she was happy just doing her own thing. We still have to work on the jumping up when she gets really excited but aside from that she is adjusting really well.

mfarrand86 |

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we have a pitbull too! hahha- i agree, sooo tired of people telling me I need to watch out for my dog because they have mean streaks....all dogs have mean streaks, not just bully dogs. ugh! we have been slowly prepping our pup for the baby too. I checked out some "therapy dog training" videos on youtube and we have been using the same techniques so that Bullet (our pup) doesn't try to chew or bite any of the baby accessories, the swing, the high chair, etc. It has been working really well.

mrsstudertobe |

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I am 27 weeks pregnant and our dog is just wonderful with our 6 year old daughter and my 5 year old sister. She is about 60 lbs and believes she is a lap dog literally! so when we found out that we were expecting another one my first thought was Oh my! We have never had a infant in our home since we've had her the youngest child shes ever been around was a 2 year old boy who is a terror!!! and she did great with him! So we bought a cheap baby doll preferably new and a small sized so you can pretend its ur newborn I have cuddled it and rocked it as well as Carried it around with me. I also put baby powder on it and she has taken so well with it! We are actually able to put it on the floor and she will cuddle around the infant doll. If you are more weary abou ur furry friend get a baby doll that actually makes noise it will help get ur pal used to those sounds! Hope this works for you! Good Luck

LadyLorraine |

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We are very fortunate to have one of the calmest most mellow dogs I have ever met! We just adopted him last July and baby Emmett will be here in two months. Jake is 5-6 years old so he is way past chewing and thankfully was never a jumper or one to even attempt to get on the furniture (it's a good thing since he is 117 pounds!). So me and DH have little to do in the way of training him. He is a rottweiler and I have heard the warnings as well...people think he will be aggressive because of his breed when really he is the gentlest guy in the world! I had a set of 8 month old twins (and several toddlers) over yesterday for my baby shower and Jake was great. One of the twins loved him and was always reaching out to him. Jake kept a respectful distance but did meet the babies hand with his nose and gave him a lick. Toddlers do scare him a bit as they run around and are so loud and unpredictable but even when both twins were full out crying he just lay there on the floor clam and lazy as usual. I can't wait for him to met the baby. I am going to follow Cesar Milan's suggestions for the introduction; which can be found on his website. Basically bringing home something with babies scent on it and reinforcing that the smell belongs to you, the pack leader, and offering him a smell but only once you say it is ok. This establishes ownership of the baby as belonging to the leader, the dog will naturally fall into place and gladly take his new place at the bottom fo the pecking order! They don't have egos. If your dog is higher energy have a family member take him/her for a LONG walk right before you get home from the hospital...a tired dog is always more compliant and reserved.

FirstTimeMommy2010 |

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We have a 3.5 year old beagle-daschound mix who weighs about 22 pounds. She has definitely become more protective of me since I got pregnant and barks a lot when DH isn't home. Once he's there, she quiets down and relaxes. I think she thinks that she has to be my bodyguard when DH isn't there. Ever since I started showing, she will come up to me when I'm sitting on the floor and smell and lick my belly. I just giggle and tell her that that's her new baby sister. We started conditioning her for the pulls and tugs from the beginning when we got her. I constantly pull her ears (they're big and floppy!) and her tail and her paws and the extra skin around her face. I still don't think she's a fan of it, but she doesn't seem to mind and doesn't react the way she used to. She's been around babies before and has always been very curious, and very cautious. She generally tries to lick them and nothing more.

slrosenbaum |

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We are 28 weeks along and our 2.5 year old shorkie dog has been the only baby in our lives. We even have called her "baby" since we got her, so talking about another baby coming to the house has been challenging. During the first trimester, she was attached to my belly whenever I was on the couch or in bed...it was so cute to see her fall asleep with her ear pressed to the belly. Somehow I felt like she was clued in from the beginning and has been fairly gentle with me all the way through. A few months ago, we started showing her new things as they entered the house and she since become infatuated with the nursery - she literately can't walk by without looking in or entering the room. I am taking this as a good sign and know she's going to be a great "big sister"!

msugal03 |

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I'm 13 weeks now and I've started establishing certain boundaries for my two chihuahua mixes. Rusty, my 7 year old has been with my husband and I for about four years and he knows us very well. When we adopted him, his file warned that he was a no other dogs, no small children type of fellow which didn't bother us at the time. He's definitely a house dog- really well behaved inside. He's been babied a lot and was very used to being the only small fry in the house. We got Piper in January of this year. She is four years old almost his opposite except for the fact that they are both around 13 lbs each, have huge ears and are ridiculously cute. Having her around the house has been an adjustment - her potty training, eating habits and mannerisms were, and are still, more akin to a large outside dog. She was starving on the street when a chihuahua shelter found her so we're dealing with the residue of that hardship. Anyhow, since I'm still pretty early in my pregnancy and my training them for baby, my post is more of a question to anyone that may have input. Has anyone found it more difficult to prepare small dogs for a new baby? Rusty has struggled with separation anxiety in the past and Piper's barking and jumping and nibbling are a concern to me. Just thought I'd ask. Thank.

TalaGee |

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I was a vet tech, and my veterinarian always told our clients to involve your pets as much as possible to avoid resentment. We had a family who welcomed a new baby- and would yell at the dog every time he followed them into the nursery to see what the baby was up to. The result? The dog started urinating just outside the baby's room, and chewed the trim around the door to the nursery. Instead, he told them to show him how to appropriately interact with the baby, no matter where they are in the house.. within a few months he was back to his normal, well behaved self. I agree that your third trimester is too late to start prepping your furry kids- I'm in my first trimester and we have already started getting our 5 ready (yes, 5 dogs, 3 cats... I call it controlled chaos.) They used to be able to jump on the furniture with us, but now they have to ask. Also, they used to bark when they wanted out, now they have a string of bells to ring on the door (a quieter option). I'm trying not to dictate what they do, but instead teach them a more appropriate way to do it. Good luck everyone! :)

JulietL129 |

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I'm at 16 weeks, we adopted a dog about two months ago. My post is also more of a question She is a wonderful dog and I have noticed she is very protective of me. One thing she does nip at other dogs when they get between us. This concerns me that she will try to protect me from the baby, especially when it cries. Does anyone have any ideas on how to stop her from doing this? We have thought about a muzzle has this worked for anyone?

libdancer08 |

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Hi libdancer08, I have a dachshund mix that got very protective of me before I even found out that I was pregnant, and nipped at another dog that got too close to me at the dog park. I don't think there is really much to worry about. If your dog is anything like mine, he is protecting you BECAUSE you are pregnant. Try bringing something that smells like the baby home and introducing it to your dog before you bring the baby home. If you are really concerned, talk to your vet or a trainer and see what they say. Hope this helps!

whitney9207 |

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I also agree that waiting until your third trimester is crazy. We are only 7 weeks, and I just finished reading "childproofing your dog" which was a really quick read and very helpful. We are practicing the random hair grabbing (gently) on our long-haired dog. We were also worried that our dog was a little protective of her food and treats. One tip from this book is to slowly introduce distractions to eating: so instead of throwing down all her food at once, I put Sam's food down one handful at a time, while she's eating. She not only gets used to hands on the dogbowl, but she associates them with more food! So it's a positive instead of a negative experience to be touched/handled while eating.

mzclaire |

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We have 2 Boxers, who, by nature are very protective dogs. One is 10 years old, and one is 10 months old. The 10-year-old male was my husbands dog before we got married 5 years ago, and since then has become very protective of me. To the point where I was carrying my 5 month old nephew and he freaked out because he thought the baby was hurting me somehow. A lot of people say that pets are intuitive and they know whats going on in advance, not the case with my dogs, they're sweet, but stupid. Anyone have any similar stories of pets freaking out beforehand, but then when baby came everything was ok? I'm not worried about the puppy because she's still very trainable, but I'm pretty aprhensive about how the older one will react.

ohioroots |

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I have a 1 1/2 year old yellow lab named Lola who has been spoiled since day 1. She barks rudely at us at any hour of the day/ night, eats our shoes, and only listens when we give her a "cookie". She also picks up all the babies new toys, clothes, and blankets (even though the baby isnt here yet) and carrys them around like they are hers. How do I make her understand these are not for her without giving a negative connotation to the baby that is coming in 2 months? The last thing we want is her to relate the baby's room or the baby to something negative. Any suggestions?

lindsayryanmartin |

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I have been using baby lotion and bath wash on myself for about a month now. I also let them spend as much time as they want in the nursery. I have also put a toy box full of baby toys next to the dogs toy box. They have sniffed the baby toys but not bothered them. They are good around our neices and nephews so I am really not that worried. They are pretty good mannered dogs. I plan on having my husband bring home a blanket with our baby's smell on it for the dogs ahead of bringing the baby home.

mollygab |

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This is something that has had me worried since day one. We have a 100lb. lab/sheppard mix who is a rescue dog. He was my husbands dog before we moved in together. He got him at 1 and a 1/2 years old and missed out somewhat on that optimal puppy time to train him out of some of his bad habits. To make things worse the dog is a true Alpha male and everyone gives him pity for being abused years ago before we got him. The worst thing of all is my inlaws routinely correct me for correcting the dog and say things like he's not a dog he's more like a person or he is a member of our family. Although our dog struggles with mostly possesion issues now, he behaves well for me. In other words I don't take his crap and he knows it. However, I am afraid of how he will act with the baby and with people at our house trying to help me out after the baby. But that is not my only worry I am also afraid in all my postpardum "bliss" I will flip out on my MIL for telling me how to handle the dog.

katieannesmith |

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I am 24 weeks pregnant and have 2 cats that are extremely spoiled. I have been training them to not jump onto tables etc. They will stay down when we're home, but when we are gone.... well I can't really be sure. I think I'm going to start getting things set up and have a babydoll in the swing, in the bassinet so that they can get used to something in them. I also thought about using a netting over the bassinet so that they can't easily climb in. Any other ideas would be welcomed!

sunnysmiles49 |

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We have 2 dogs, a 5 year old Shepard mutt and a 2 year old Boxer mutt. They are both very sweet girls and I'm looking forward to introducing them to baby, (I'm 32 weeks). We've been prepping them for a while now, letting them smell the things in baby's room and setting boundaries around the house. The boxer is highly energetic, (we call her the terror of Tucson), so I started walking around with her coveted football, (her favorite toy). I carry it around like I will the baby and if she jumps at me, I punish her and correct her behavior. She picked up on it really fast! The older girl has always been quiet and very protective, but she snaps at younger dogs sometimes, so it had me worried. I took her to a baby shower at my cousin's house a while back and there was an infant in a carseat carrier. My doggie curled up next to the baby and slept there the whole time. She would let people come close to the baby, but would definitely supervise very carefully. It gave me a lot of hope!!!

catalinaherndon |

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I'm 31 weeks pregnant, and as my bump starting popping out my cat's starting peeing everywhere! The final straw was when I found cat pee in the babies crib! We tried giving them two litter boxes, cleaned them every day and yet they were still peeing right outside the box and in other random places (the laundry basket, bags, our christmas lights, rugs). I started talking to people about it, and come to find my Aunt had to get rid of her cat when she was pregnant because her cat started doing the same thing. Then a girl at my work that just had a baby had the same problem. We ahve had our cats for 5 years and never had a problem with them before. My take on it is that they are already jealous, sensing they are not going to be getting as much attention in the very near future. Needless to say, they are going to the shelter because I can not have my cats peeing in my babies crib! or anywhere else for that matter. I'm frustrated and sad to see them go. They are my buddies! But my baby comes first!

angelheatherl@johndeere.com |

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I have a 6 yr. English Bulldog and although he hasn't been brought up around infants he has always done well with toddlers so I am not concerned about him. I also have a 1 yr. great dane. We have been working with him since we started to buy items for the baby to make sure that he knows what are his toys and what are baby's toys. We let him sniff everything as we get it so that he is included (of course he wouldn't have it any other way b/c he has to know everything going on in the house at all time.) He is trained not to jump or climb up on people b/c he is 160 lbs! The problem... HIS TAIL. He doesn't mean to hurt people with it but it is like a whip coming at your legs. We did have an infant over the other day and he was very calm with it so I hope that translates well for when we bring our little one. I know he will love baby girl and want to follow her all over the place once she is mobile but I'm sure at some point his whip will accidenlty get her. Does anyone know of anything to help with this? As far as I know dogs don't have much controll of their tails.

chicklit828 |

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We have a cat that is a little over a year old. She is still very playful and will start biting randomly thinking that we are playing with her. When she was really little we were not consistent with making her stop so she still does it. We decided to go back to the old method we used when she was little. Everytime she gets ready to bite we say no loud and firm then squirt her with a water bottle. She still bites but it is less frequent. Were hoping that she stops completely before the baby comes. Im 17 weeks, so fairly confident that the behavior can be corrected. and she is still young so hopefully she will learn better. We have not gotten a crib yet but one of the things we read was to fill the crib with balloons and the cat will quickly learn not to jump in. I think that correcting the biting is most important though because if she doesnt stop we will have to get rid of her.

aray06 |

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We also have a great dane, who is the sweetest dog in the entire world. But I hear you about the tail!! She has actually BROKEN the end of her tail by wagging so hard and hitting walls, furniture, you name it. She doesn't even seem to notice. I'm not sure what we are going to do when the baby gets to be walking, as our dog could easily wag her over or hit her in the eyes with the tail. Other than that the dog is doing great. We bought a crying baby doll which seems to be very helpful. We powder the baby doll and push her around in the stroller. I want to take a trial run with the dog and the stroller and the baby doll but I wonder if my neighbors will think I am crazy!!

jellybeanaddict |

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I am also worried about how our dog with react with baby toys and diapers. Last week she ate my husband's credit card and put holes in his wallet and money. When she doesn't get enough attention/exercise she is like this. I am not sure how up for exercising her I will be the first few weeks, but we will have to make something work, perhaps doggy daycare to wear her out. Since she was a puppy we have worked with her to teach her that she should not be possessive of her food and toys. My husband has also made a habit of sticking his hand in her mouth randomly when she yawns so she doesn't accidentally bite down on a flailing baby hand. She never has, she just looks confused. My parents annoying smaller dog recently stole some of her food while she was eating and our dog just looked up at us with a look like she wanted help getting the little dog away from her food. So I feel confident that she won't bother the baby with biting. I strongly suggest working on these things now, before you have a child. Also, dog training classes were well worth the money when she was a puppy and older dog, I suggest trying this with your pets if you are worried. I mean the classes that are reoccurring for a long period of time, not the 2 two hour classes some places offer.

kbgregoire |

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We have a 1 y/o dane rottie mix who weighs about 130lbs! We kicked him out of bed when we found out I was pregnant and brought my neice who barely turned one over for "playdates. We have a 6y/o that he adores and devotedly takes abuse from. The vet I worked for recomended bringing in the car seat and stroller with a doll that cries. Also to sleep with a blanket for about a month, like a receiving blanket and swaddle the doll in it. Also bring this home with you from the hospital in the carseat. Running the toys and having them investigate the baby things first was also recomended. We've started bringing the crying car seat out and at first my dog thought it was attacking me or something, he got real upset and barked and growled at the seat and then went balistic when the baby cried! Now he just ignores it, the doll cries he goes to finnd my 6 year old. My big boy is now to the point where I don't walk him because he has come way overprotective going as far as trying to climb a tree because a squirrell threw a nut at us. And jumping (dive bombing) into bushes because the wind blows them. Our only solution was to remove me from his walks. Any tips on my overprotective dog?

EugenieHalfhide |

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We also have a pitbull (her name is Molly) and a Rhodesian Ridgback (charlie). I am 18weeks pregnant and we have starting training our dogs by bringing my two year old nephew over to the house and let them play. Our nephew chases after them, pulls their fur, and tries to lie on them. They both have been great and just lick him and let him climb all over them. We have also starting randomly taking toys and food away from them to make sure they don't get food aggressive or nip. They have both been great sports and I have no worries about bringing the baby home!

danielandjulianne |

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I also have a pitbull, well actually my boyfriend and I have 4 blue nose pitbulls. ( The mommy, daddy & two pups - well theyre one now ) & everyone keeps saying we need to get rid of them and theyll be so jealouse theyll attack the baby and all this crazy stuff and we dont want to believe any of it! theyre out frist babies so were going to take every measure possible to get my dogs & my baby boy to be a family.

hiszshortayxx |

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My dogs are older and have been through a lot of change lately. They were my in-laws dogs but got sent from home to home during and after the divorce. They used to be very spoiled dogs and then went through quite a bit of trauma with all the moves and different rules. I've been worried about them nipping once the baby gets old enough to sit and crawl after them. (My beagle mix has bitten before because he gets frustrated and my rat terrier mix is just old and is not a fan of small loud things. I.e. puppies and children) So since my husband really wants to try and keep them were going to the extremes. I have set up a whole new regiment of rules and they are posted on my fridge and followed stringently. *No dogs on the couch or bed. *No dogs in the lap unless invited first. (we have a lot of low chairs like bean bags for friends who come over) * Dogs get fed when we eat so they are less likely to beg (or go after) my childs food. * We don't have a lot of babies around so we bring over my sisters who are 7 and 9 so the dogs are familiar with the concept of smaller humans. There are a few other things but really the big deal is Set your rules and be firm. Dogs are like babies themselves when things have "conditions" they dont understand.

erynalexis |

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I have two Guinea pigs. One we've had through out the pregnancy and the other we just got. We figured since Reese is like a son to us and demands a lot of attention we had to ween him off of the spoiled little baby life style. The best way to do that seemed to get him a friend. Guinea pigs are very social and love each other's company. Plus, he doesn't miss us so much when he's trying so hard to impress his new lady friend.

Sunshinies |

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I have a gate put in front of the baby's door and the dogs are only allowed in if they are invited. That was a giant tip from Ceasar Millan. But when I do allow them in there I will sit in my rocking chair for 20 minutes just so they can get used to the room being occupied. My lab mix did not take the pregnancy well at first and started marking his territory around the house and started bullying my other dog. On the other hand my pitbull has never left my side. After hard work I did not change the attention my dogs were getting but let the dogs spend more time outside to tire them out. My lab mix does not mark his territory anymore and is extremely well with babies.

jena059 |

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My vet was very helpful she had given me a handout some of the tips include: setting up babys crib, swing, basinette etc... so that the dog can get used to it, she also suggests playing the sounds of a crying baby, have the dog smell the babies hat, never snap or yell at the dog for going near the baby or near babies things, introduce the dog and baby for the first time out side, and most importantly never leave the baby and dog unattended, neither t5he dog or baby can be trusted

kellyc07 |

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I have two pit bulls and I have no doubt that both are going to be great when the baby comes. I'm 28 weeks pregnant and both have caught on to it. My female tends to keep the male (who's only 6 months old) from jumping up by me when I'm laying on the couch. The thing I learned to help getting them prepared is to annoy them as much as possible. My boyfriend already has 3 boys of his own and they have shown us that you never know what the kids are going to do to the dogs, his 4 yr old son actually bit the female pit's tongue and she just kept licking him. So my advice is do anything that the pet won't be expecting and see how they react, if they react bad correct them until they get use to it.

StephT501 |

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Have 6-yr Applehead/Teacup mix Chihuahua who's about 6lbs. So far, I've only read one answer on here who also has the chihuahua breed, and their family is as much concerned as I am...well, maybe a bit more than myself. This awesome "puppy" I have is the quietest, sweetest, smartest chihuahua I've ever known. He only barks if hubby or I myself are present, and someone's at the door. But once we say, "thank you!" he'll quiet down in approval of his duty. He's been around many kids before, family reunions, parties, etc., and he's great. He loves the attention. Except I'm afraid of the "grabbing" baby stage. One of my friend's kids wanted to touch him, but she's a grabber. And he's so tiny I don't want him to get hurt. He's such a loving little guy I know he'll want to be in my lap with the kid (cuz if my hubby and I are cuddling, he always wants to be in the middle, which we love). My dog loves lying on my stomach and just being there for me when I need to relax. And he understands if I don't want to play; he's just a really good dog. Has anybody else dealt with their newborn and/or the grabbing stage versus their small companions? Any suggestions would be of great help. Cheers!

shiprat |

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We have a 5 year old tortoiseshell cat, a 5 year old shorthair cow-cat and a 3 year old longhair (looks part angora) - the torty is the only one we'll need to sell on having a new little person in the house. The shorthair has always loved other cats, kittens, and children - he'll probably try to give the baby baths like a kitten. The latter is naturally timid so there will be some adjustment but she won't be jealous at least.

Mellingtonboots |

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a great piece of advice we received was to put up the baby gate long before the baby arrives and leave the door open. spend time in the nursery with the gate closed so that the pets can see you but cant come in. then we would leave the gate open and tell them to stay while on the other side. of course, we used treats. we were training them when they can/cant be in the nursery. it worked out really well so far. we are 30 weeks along and still training our two dogs...one of which is just a puppy 9 months old too! our focus now is on barking.

crisjase |

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I am 18 weeks. My Husband and I have a pitbull and I too am tired of hearing "you better watch it because that pitbull might hurt your baby." Any breed could. It's all in how they're trained. We haven't done too much with her so far. I have given her a little less attention while my husband gives her a little more. We plan to make sure one of us spends time with her while the other it with the baby. We've also put bells on our front door to ring to go outside rather than loudly barking and we've messed with her food while she ate so she doesn't get aggressive with food. She's very good. We taught her "easy" so when we give her something she doesn't snatch it, she takes it gently. We are having a hard time with "no jumping" though. and i plan to start using baby lotion so she gets use to the scent.

EMunion777 |

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To:lindsayryanmartin : my husband and I also have a lab .she is going to be 3 in august. It sounds to me like you need a good obedience class ! Not onlybis she spoiled but doesn't seem to get who the "alpha" persons are in the house. With her not knowing this she will not except the little one as a alpha ever and will continue with her behavior. Labs are great and very smart! Our Daisy is spoiled as well but we also discipline and she has been in obedience training . And I really think that was the key for her.:) goodluck!!

Hehrichs |

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I've never owned a pitbull myself, but I've never known a mean one. People are always so worried about them--but it's all in how the dog is raised or trained, and every dog has the potential to be mean or violent. Hell, I've heard stories about a Dachsund getting into a crib and killing a child. So pitbulls are far from being the most (or the only) dangerous breed. We have a mutt who will be 3 shortly after the baby arrives. He's half Husky, and half Lab/Rottweiler mix. He's been around children before, and he's very good about tail/ear/fur tugs. My main concern is his size; my furbaby weighs in at 80 lbs and often forgets how large he is... BUT, he doesn't jump up on people. He just thinks he's a lap dog, the sweet little dummy. I'm honestly more worried about how the cat (who is 8 years old) will react to the loss of attention and the crying.

tessamalk |

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I'm 27 weeks and have a 1 1/2 year old boxer pup. From shortly after we found out I was pregnant, he became increasingly protective of me. He'll curl up on my lap to snuggle with the baby. I was concerned early on that he might have issues, i.e., jumping, jealousy, etc. however after I've seen the changes in him over the past several months, I know he'll be a great big brother. We've used baby gates since we got him and he knows there are certain rooms that are "off limits" or he has limited access to them.

BoxerMomma24 |

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I have a male calico, Mr Presley (2 years old), and i started training him in a way a few months after i had found out i was pregnant. I got another cat, a siamese named Bettis. Before i got pregnant Presley and I would spend every second we could together playing and cuddling, and i had heard from my neighbor when she got pregnant her cat slipped into a deep depression which killed her.. and if that happened to presley it would break my heart. So the first step was, i got him his own "pet" "buddy" whatever you wanna consider Bettis- but now they're constantly playing and presley isn't always craving attention from me. The only thing i don't like that they've started doing lately is sleeping in my daughters bassinet, so I am going to try putting tin foil in it! I am due in 5 weeks and I feel they know whats going on and are ready. I think they got the hint when i started slowing moving their beds out of my bedroom. Presley will lay on my belly sometimes and as she kicks he will move his paw over where she's kicking and lick my stomach. Her first receiving blanket from the hospital will be brought home and put into their beds also so they can get used to her smell. The only thing now is every morning at 2am they run through my apartment playing and they sound like a heard of elephants but i also live right next to train tracks so im sure the noises will only help soothe her eventually.

ksolve87 |

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I have a 6 year old Tibetan Terrier, Lucy. She is mild-mannered most of the time. She barks at certain neighbors and always when people come to the door, but she is kind and playful with our family members. She does not like children as far as I have seen. When she is around my niece and nephews she barks and gets very anxious. I am nervous about bringing home our baby in November because she gets so nervous. When my nephew was first born, Lucy sniffed at him, but left him alone. Now that he is moving and learning to crawl, she growls and "huffs" at him. I don't think she likes the loud noises, but babies make noise and I'm not really sure how to get her used to baby noises. Any suggestions would be appreciated!

ThomasandAlison |

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We have a 4 month old lab/golden retriever mix who is VERY energetic. She jumps a lot when she sees new people and nips a little when we are petting her because she thinks we are playing with her. Im hoping that in 2 months we will be able to work with her and calm her down at least around little ones. Any suggestions on the jumping? We have a halter lead and she still jumps while using that. Also, we played some new baby cries off of you tube and she didnt bark but she sure was curious as to where that noise was coming from

snshyne52 |

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My husband and I made these signs to hang on the doors of our house. My biggest fear was my dogs and the lack of attention they would get. WELCOME TO OUR HOME! WE ARE SURE YOU ARE EXCITED TO MEET OUR NEW LITTLE BROTHER, DANIEL LEIGH II. WE WERE EXCITED TO MEET HIM TOO!! HOWEVER, WE ARE ASKING THAT UPON ENTERING OUR HOME YOU SPEND TIME WITH EACH OF US PRIOR TO HOLDING, CUDDLING, OR COOING OVER HIM. WE ARE ALSO MOMMY AND DADDY’S BABIES AND WE HAVE FEELINGS TOO! THANKS FOR UNDERSTANDING! LOVE, TUCKER LEIGH AND ANNIE LEIGH

Carrieleigh531 |

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I work at an animal shelter and am myself 21 weeks pregnant. I cannot tell you how many animals are surrendered every year due to the arrival of a new baby in the house and was so excited to see this concern on this website. Most of you have it right: the best thing you can do is to prepare the animals through their senses long before baby comes. For those of you trying to desensitize an adult dog to things babies may do - beware. Socialization is key when your dog or cat was a baby itself, and depending on the breed may simply not tolerate the handling you are forcing on them. If your dog is food aggressive with humans, doesn't like to be manhandled, or seems anxious of children already, use sense and try to keep baby and pet apart with baby gates or crates at times when you are nervous about the two of them together. It is better the dog is put safely in his crate with a toy to keep him busy then to send him to an animal shelter after he had already bitten a child because he felt cornered by the child! And cats should be able to hide and have multiple levels (cat trees are great) to get out of reach of little ones : )

jpearsall |

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I'm going to be a young mom, and mine and my mom's 8 cats are started noticing something was up before the thought even crossed my mind. :)

XxHardXxCandyXx |

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Cats hate the smell of orange or citrus so we used orange pine on the crib and changing table and the cats don't go near it.

katwheel |

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Children normally don’t catch dog diseases, but they can get worms from dogs. Roundworm are the most common parasite of the digestive system in cats and dogs. Roundworm can only spread to humans by ingesting roundworm eggs. This can happen when a baby comes in contact with contaminated soil, sand or objects then transfer eggs to the mouth via fingers or by putting contaminated objects in their mouths. Dogs with roundworms could contaminate through their feces, which will contain roundworm eggs. The scary thing is that the eggs can survive up to 7 years in soil! Thus, to prepare for a baby in the house, it is important for pet dogs to be provided probiotics for dogs and other natural dog supplements regularly.

Sherwin123 |

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I am 31 weeks, and have been putting our nursery together for ever now... doing it slowly a little at a time. Whenever I'm in there, I always make sure our 3 year old Boxer, Frank, comes with me... I encourage him to bring one of his toys so we can play with it while I organize. I want him to view the nursery as a "happy place" and not as a bad or off limits place.

mfleegle |

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Ok the pitbull thing about them getting jealous is so over-rated.. I have a beautiful 35 lb pocket red nose pit who is my husband and my first baby.. she's 8 mos old and is such a sweetheart... Back in the early days pitbulls were called nanny dogs for there caring and protective nature toward kids... We have had her since 4 mos and she's wonderful around children... She also sensed I was pregnant when my husband got her for me and since my first tri was terrible and I was so sick and tired all the time she would cuddle with me all day while hubby was at work.. n she was so fond of my belly growing.. now in my third tri. She licks my tummy and kisses it all the time... I have the crib set up in my room now n she hasnt bothered with it, she does sleep on our bed n I haven't switched because I won't be able to have our baby in the bed cuz hubby sleeps waaay to hard for our little girl to sleep in between us.. I wake up at every little thing so she will be next to my said in her crib...

wifeymonroe |

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I also have a 3 y/o pitbull who is wonderful with the kids. She never barks and always looks after my other kids. I think it's all about how you raise your pets. if they;re raised in love they will love the new edition to the family!

nyccy96 |

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I started preparing my dogs for the new baby relatively early.. Paying less attention to them, correcting bad habits that could pose a danger to baby (ie; nipping during play, jumping on myself and hubby and any visitors we may have, not jumping up on couches or laps unless invited, etc) My husband and others at times think that I take it to an extreme but I would rather be safe than sorry. I am a bit more concerned about jealousy problems once the baby comes homes only because the dogs have become extremely stand-off-ish with me since I became pregnant where they were normally very attached but Im hoping this is just due to there sensing a change but confised as to what it is.. We shall see, until then I will continue to be overly vigilent in my efforts to prepare them for their new brother or sister

clmitch623 |

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I got lucky with my dog. We got her about 2 years ago and she was already a year old then. My stepson was about 4 when we got her and mentally he is a couple years younger than he really is (no thanks to his real mom). Since day one he pulls on her and tugs at her fur and beats her up and is an absolute terror to her if we dont watch him closely but she just takes it and and even wags her tail and rolls over for him. I love huskies for this reason. Yes, they are hyper, but even the worst ones are always so sweet and are excellent with kids. The only thing I have to work on when the baby comes is making sure she gets her walk regularly so she doesnt get bored. We have a huge yard so a daily walk isn't necessary, but at least a monthly walk in the hills where we live is. She loves kids so I can't wait to see my dog trying to cuddle up with the new baby when he comes.

mkbear |

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We are just 2'ish weeks away from our little one's arrival. We have 4 cats in the house and began our preparations a month or so ago. 1st, we installed a huge 42" gate to our bedroom (where the baby will be until we move to a bigger place). While the 2 older cats can't jump that high, I've seen the 2 younger ones leap high enough, but so far, they have not tried jumping over it. When it is closed, they sit on the other side, watching. The only annoying thing, Max - the only male in the cat family - meows non-stop when he is locked out. Ignoring him is difficult and not getting annoyed at him is even harder, but we are working on it. Max also decided that sleeping in the baby-clothes hamper is neat. I put a sheet of aluminum foil in it and he tried to get in once and didn't like it. So far, so good. We have set up a baby crib a while ago, and although they have a fairly easy jumping point into it - from my night table - none of them tried getting into it. We'll see if it will remain so when there are smells and noises coming out of that crib in couple of weeks. The younger kitties also enjoyed sleeping on the changing table pad - it cradles them - but aluminum foil should fix that too, I hope. Other than that, we will be taking it one day at a time as it goes. My guess, except for one curious kitty, the others will prefer to stay away from the baby, though I might be wrong. We'll see. Weekly claw-trims are a must though, just in case.

Vedmochka81 |

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My husband and I have two pit bulls. I think they are great family dogs. My question is in regards to toys. Does anyone have any good suggestions on how to keep the dogs from "stealing" toys from the baby? Our friends have a toddler and our dogs will try to take her stuffed lamb from her. We of course intervened and corrected them each time, but I'd like to avoid dog-baby tug of war over baby's stuffed items. Especially since one of our dogs will eat them.

babyE27 |

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We also have a pitbull. She does great with kids and is a quick learner. Once while chasing something she knocked over my little niece and I only had to get on to her once for her to be more careful around little ones. She is always scared of running into toddlers so she avoids them but when they find her she is very patient with them. Such a good family dog. The biggest thing for Bella will be sharing the attention which we have already been working on that using our nieces and nephews.

Maurice7 |

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I am 6 weeks and have a very spoiled sweet protective 3yr old mini white poodle and a 3 yr old 60lb bassett hound! Harvey, the bassett, is very large, loud and sleeps on our bed everynight! My poodle, Sugar sleeps on my legs at night as well. They have been our one and only babies since we met 3 years ago. I mentioned to my husband that I'd like the dogs to stay somewhere else for the first week when the baby comes home. He flipped out and totally disagreed. Should I just bite my tounge and manage with the dogs home or try to have him understand that I will be exhausted and not want to wake up in the middle of the night for two dogs along with a newborn?? Also I'd like to keep the dogs out of the nursery since Harvey sheds and smells and Sugar will take all the stuffed animals she sees. But after ready everyones answers here I feel like I should let them in the nursey anytime they want... I am definatly not a germophobe mom and love my dogs but this is a newborn!!! Any advice?

Branmay |

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Branmay the having them stay elsewhere is a bad idea. Because they are the current residents the baby should be introduced to the household with them present. Removing them if only for a week just adds stress. A great website for education is ddfl.org this is a great adticle also http://www.ddfl.org/sites/default/files/behaviorbabyprep_0.pdf good luck!!

Megasaurus12 |

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I am 20 weeks and have an 8yr old Rhodesian Ridgeback and a 6yr old black Lab. We have always put our hands in their bowls while they're eating, taken toys away suddenly and even pulled at their lips and ears and tails; so I'm not concerned about any aggression from either of them. My main concern is the jealousy from my Lab. He has always been the baby and spoiled one since we got him and he is definitely a "mama's boy" and barely lets my Rhodesian get any attention from me. Any ideas or experiences with labs and/or spoiled pups to avoid the issue without him resenting me or the baby?

goldie11883 |

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I'm 17weeks pregnant and my husband and I have two big dogs. We have a 4yr old Lab and almost 2yr lab/huskie mix. Our oldest lab is so laid back we aren't worried a out her at all it's our youngest we are a little concerned about. She knew I was pregnant before I did, he got way more protective of me and always was by my side. We put the babies crib up and a few other things so she could smell around and know that someone new was coming to stay. It's helped so far she is always laying next to my belly and pushing her nose up against my belly. She is great with my friends infants and toddlers, but little nervous about ours. So my husband and I are just taking it one day at a time to get her out of her puppy stage and into a well mannered dog because she is FAR from it.

SaraFulrath |

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My husband and I have a one year old pitbull (Magnus) and a 9 year old beagle (Sallie), this is also our first child. I must admit that I have been a little anxious about how they would react to our baby when she arrives in April. Not just Magnus but Sallie also. They are both very loving and sweet animals and Magnus has been my "baby" since day one. I have read so many great ideas in all the comments on here and I have to say "whew!" lol I have gotten so tired of hearing (about Magnus) "watch that dog, don't let him do this or do that." The only thing that he does is jump when he gets excited but I've even noticed that in my 3rd trimester he has not done that as much. I'm grateful to hear that others have pitbulls that are just as loving and sweet as mine. I do have one question though, what is the best option for our furbabies while at the hospital and the day that we bring baby home? Should we board them or let them stay at home and have someone check on them?

aesmith6288 |

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My suggestion for you is quite simple: place an ad in the Cleveland classifieds and ask for help from parents and professional pet trainers. That could help you with your dilemma. Hope you find my advice useful. Good luck!!

ZoomView |

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I don't ignore my dog at all and, while I can understand that thinking, I prefer to include her in whatever I'm doing to prepare for baby. She has a bed in the baby's room so she can feel like she has her own space and belongs. I will also bring a blanket to the hospital to get my daughter's scent on it and place that on my dog's bed in the room so she can get used to her smell. Also, I am having her stay at my parents more often nowadays because she will spend the first month or so living with them while I grow acquainted with my daughter and our routines. Luckily, I have a 6lb Chihuahua so I will also have no problem with having her around during feedings and such. I don't think cutting them out will do much, if anything, to prepare them for what's coming. I think you need to figure your dog's needs out individually and do what works best for them...

MeganAnnie&Booboo |

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We have 20 month old Pit, and by the time I started showing she had already gotten the idea. The only thing that has changed is that she's much more gentle around me (especially my belly), and she's more cautious (but still friendly) around strangers. We've been letting her sniff everything we bring in for the baby, and set up his bouncer and his jumper already and let her get used to having things like that in the floor that she's not allowed to touch. We've also made sure since she was a baby herself to have her around kids of all sizes, and I think it's helped a lot, because our nieces/nephews roll all over her, tug on her tail/ears, etc, and she's not even phased by it.

Tiff757 |

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I wish my 3 1/2 yr old cat wasn't an exception to most rules. She doesn't mind tinfoil, she doesn't mind citrus, she could care less if she is sprayed with water, doesn't mind loud noises (explores them) and will walk on sticky paper if she has to. Training our cat is going to be interesting. She is pretty mellow and snuggly. She doesn't have high anxiety normally. She didn't seem to mind the kids that have come to visit us. My worry is the crib. I don't want her to think it's a cool new spot to sleep. We're going to try sticky tape across the whole mattress to see if she'll just get sick of not being able to lay in it. Otherwise, I don't know what to do. I will try the orange pine on the crib, but I don't think that will be a deterrent considering we've laid orange peels on the counter once trying to keep her off the counter and she went up there and swatted them all to the floor. I guess we'll have to wait and see. Good luck everyone!

Beckybtkd |

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Our cat did not like children at all. However, she was a few weeks pregnant before I found out we we're pregnant. She still doesn't LOVE children, but she leaves them alone. I am now at 10 weeks. I have noticed that she will always cuddle next to my stomach and either purr, lay on paw on my stomach, or head bump by stomach. She has yet to hiss or act bad toward my bump. Hopefully, she'll be comfortable by the time the baby is born, or she becomes an outside kitty. I love all the suggestions. I will have to try a few!

bwebb2 |

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We have an 8 year old cat and he is a huge attention whore and loud, loves to talk. I am just about 22 weeks along. At 14 weeks we started shutting the door to what will be the nursery. He now will not go into the room with us going in and out getting it ready for baby to come. We have heard a bunch of other things to try but starting with this seemed to be the best and it worked.

lzmac11 |

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my husband & I have a 9 month old Blue Heeler (very energetic, very mouth-oriented) and are due in December. We've already started setting aside 30 minutes every evening for Daddy & Clutch (dog) time & I started taking him on walks with our neighbors & their two babies. He's been great with toddlers although he's pretty energetic & just loves everyone so we will have to work on gentle behaviors. We did make sure to start training him from day 1 to be gentle with his mouth. He knows he can be a little rougher with Dad but is super soft with me and with our 10 year old son. We haven't started setting up the nursery but he's part of our family & will be included in the process. We're not worried about him getting jealous since one of his "jobs" is to watch/take care of the 10 year old & they are inseperable all weekend. I would say just make sure to set aside 20 minutes or so of your day to spend with your pet(s). It can be a nice break from the baby too & allow each parent their own time with all your children (furry & not)

kescalera |

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We have two cats and one I think loves the idea of me being pregnant.She is lttle and gently climbs on my belly and lays and talks to Colton. The other cat is extremly jealous and trys to claim every single baby item as his. We try talking to him and try to share attention with him, but nothing really works. He just continues to be jealous and not let me be around him too much. Hope we can get him to understand. Def going to try the baby hat thing to see if that helps.

Faith 21 |

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I have a 1 yr old St Bernard who is just a big baby herself. I went out and bought a baby doll that makes a lot of diff noises. We call her by the name we intend to name the baby, hold her, and put her in the baby's swings, bouncy seats etc... She sniffs the doll, which we allow unless she gets in its face. It seems to be helping, I guess we'll see.

rebeccawalsh111 |

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I have an 8yo pit bull & I'm very nervous about how he will react to the baby. As he's gotten older he is very aggressive toward all other dogs & he has never liked kids. He even bit one that was waving a bully stick around. He's great with adults and very lovable and cuddly with with me & DH. Has anyone had a similar experience with their dog? How did it turn out?

JennTass |

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We will be putting a screen door on the babies room to keep out our 2 cats. If we dont they will be into everything and sleeping in the crib. They do whatever they want, no matter how many times you tell them, raise your voice and be stern or use water with them they will just try to do the same thing a while later when they think your not watching. I think its just better to keep them out of that room so I know my baby is safe.

Amanda173 |

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I'm 23 weeks along and my husband and I have 2 dogs. They're 6 and 9 year old Keeshonden (which are supposed to be awesome with kids). The older female has encountered young children but wasn't a fan mostly because she got poked in the eyes a couple of times and they pulled on her ears and tail. Our younger male hasn't really spent any time with kids so it should be interesting to see what he does. Our female got really protective of me shortly after we conceived and our male followed suit when I started to show. They know what's up and their behavior reflects that. They started being more careful around me without being told and they don't rough house near as much anymore. We also plan on letting our dogs into the baby's room whenever we are in there so they feel included with his daily routine. We were also told by some Kees breeders that when we bring him home that we should set the car seat down so the dogs can sniff him and from that moment on they will, in theory, be totally devoted to him. I'm not terribly worried, I grew up with a German Shepard/Doberman mix and everyone thought for sure he was going to snap and bite me at any minute but we were best friends until he passed when I was about 8 years old.

Emu1085 |

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I have three dogs a 1 yr old rottweiler pitbull mix, a 2 yr old pitbull shepherd mix, and an 8 yr old pitbull boxer mix. We have been letting the dogs smell all of the baby's stuff, sit while I do laundry, playing baby videos so they get used to the sound, and letting them secure the nursery before bed time. They know not to enter the nursery when we are messing with the changing table and crib and they do not jump ion the couches much any more. We are working with them on jumping on people, but we never have enough visitors to get the point across. I would never trade my 12 legged alarm system for anything. They are just three, big, protective babies!

lindsaymcdowell |

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When I was born, we used to have a female Chow Chow that when my blanket was brought home she tore it to shreds... :( After I came home she would sit at my crib and growl at anyone who came in the room unless I was crying so go figure. She has passed and we now have another female Chow that will be 14 years old on October 3rd. (She pretty much has lost her hearing and is going blind in one eye) I am due the 18th and I dont think we will have the same problems. She loves the neighborhood children just not the adults. Like everyone else says just make sure you bring something with the baby's scent on it home so that your pets can get used to the smell! All in all the pet is still part of the family at the end of the day. Just as you had to get use to having a pet, they can get used to having a baby around!

cswhite52988 |

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we have cats , "my" cat already has a sense of what's going on and she's very gentle and loving. with my first pregnancy , when my son was born we took the onesie and baby blanket he was swaddled in home before the baby came home so the cats could get used to his scent.

traci1008 |

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The < a href="http://www.animalhealthhospital.com">veterinarians Tucson AZ tell us this: having a baby affects many factors in your life, including any animals you may have at home. Your cat, for example, is probably used to being the center of your attention, so it's natural that it may feel something like sibling rivalry when the baby arrives. To make sure your cat stays happy and well-adjusted, it's important to help it adapt to the baby you're introducing. No matter what you do, this transition may be difficult, but there are steps you can take to minimize the stress your cat feels when the new baby is brought home.

doritori |

Q&A: How can I prepare my pets for when baby comes home?

The < a href="http://www.animalhealthhospital.com">veterinarians Tucson AZ tell us this: having a baby affects many factors in your life, including any animals you may have at home. Your cat, for example, is probably used to being the center of your attention, so it's natural that it may feel something like sibling rivalry when the baby arrives. To make sure your cat stays happy and well-adjusted, it's important to help it adapt to the baby you're introducing. No matter what you do, this transition may be difficult, but there are steps you can take to minimize the stress your cat feels when the new baby is brought home.

doritori |

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I think the first thing you should do is to take your pets to a Veterinary Tucson to check them up if they don't have anything which your little baby can catch from them.Babies are very sensitive and you really need to be very careful.

StanF4 |

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i'm 31 wks pregnant and my husband and I have a year old pitbull-terrier mix. Ever since we got her from our local animal shelter at 3 months old, she has always been very protective of me and VERY attention seeking. If I am on the phone, since she is an inside dog, she will stop playing with her toys just to sit and look at me and if I have family of friends over, she just whines and whines until I pay attention to her.We even had to start crating her a month after getting her when we would leave the house because she would whine loudly the whole time we were gone and chew up things throughout the house. I don't think she would hurt the baby in any way, though she is a bit over energetic( like pitbulls and terriers can be), but my concern is that since she no longer will get the attention she seeks( since finding out I was pregnant, we have been not giving her the same amount of attention to get her acclimated) I don't want her to become jealous of the baby.As of 3 wks ago, she has started to exhibit signs like pooping in the house, and starting up her old habits, that lead me to believe that giving her up for adoption might be the best decision for our home. I just don't know where to start.

NeatoNeeko |

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I read on Diaper Cake Walk that the best solution is to always introduce your pets gently to a new baby. Dogs may feel jealous of a new baby when you first bring him home. Try to give your dog some special attention when you can, so it knows you still care about it.

marcepinkie |

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My vet from veterinarians Tucson AZ shop said that if your child can visit them and handle them for short periods of time while under your supervision, it's a good sign. When your children are older, and can understand that animals need to be respected, you may want to consider adding a cat or dog to your family.

marcysmith2012 |

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This is what my vet told me to do: 1. GIzmo can wear a 'basket muzzle' when he's around the baby. 2. (This sounds totally bizarre and will make you look crazy, but really works). When Gizmo is being naughty I flip him over onto his back, put my hand on his chest and growl in his face. I always feel terrible because he acts so sad, but he stops what he's doing. The other day he ran out of the door into the yard and I growled from probably 20 feet away and he immediately lay down on the ground and let me come get him.

LibbyHMeggy |

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We have two dogs and they have both been great throughout my pregnancy especially our lab. She has been very attentive to me. One thing our vet told us is that once we bring the baby home not to just push the dogs aside and forget about them. This will cause them to act out. He said especially when my husband comes home from work and the dogs greet him he should greet them back and give them attention and not just run past them to the baby and I.

ktaichele |

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What if the dog is still a baby itself, we got my puppy at 2 months and she will be 6 months when the baby arrives?

crisandgeorge |

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I have two dogs, a lab/pit mix and a pitbull. My girls are absolutely amazing with little kids and babies. I prepared them to be around kids since we first got them as puppies. We pull on ears, feet, tails, and hair. Anything we think a small child would do, we do. My friends all bring their kids over to play with them. We had to work on Cowgirl's jumping but she has gotten much better. Early prepping is amazing especially with puppies, they pick up quicker than adults. They are over protective of me and constantly watch other people around me, but this because I am pregnant after the pregnancy this protectiveness will more than likely transfer to the baby. The worst thing you could do is ignore your fur-babies completely, this will cause jealousy.

MrsRoam09 |

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Ok when I was 22 I had 95% can of not having kids anymore I was so sad I have 2 beautiful little girls not little anymore 17 and 14 but I still always wanted 1 more so I got me a dog she is 9 years old and I'm 33 no birth control for 14 years and now I'm pregnant ( I had my girls early in life at 16 & 18 ) well my dog has been my baby I sleep with her I eat with her she is my spoiled little brat I've never left her for more than 2 days and when I'm gone I am sad the whole time I just want to come home to her and my girls what am i supposed to do when the baby comes she is very jealous of my girls and my husband

Mrstickner |

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My partner has a cat whom he adores. But the cat is very over weight and cannot reach her back end to bathe. She rubs her dirty butt on the carpet and sometimes the bed! Recently she started pooping in the apartment! It happened two days in a row. She has never done this before and I am not sure what to make of it. It could be because we were not at home or her litter box was not up to her terms one day but was cleaned the next and she still pooped in the same corner the next day without any warning. No meow as she usually would to be let out to the back patio (where her litter box is). I am really worried about the dangers to our unborn child and am having trouble getting through to my partner. We have asked the vet and she assured him he didn't need to get rid of the cat as long as he kept the litter away from me and we didn't leave the cat and baby alone. I am not sure this is the right answer, the cat does not like children, loud noises and is used to having her owner to herself. I know how much he loves her so it is so difficult but it is clear to me it is time to get rid of the cat! Any advice?

Ea02367 |

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Hi, We are 31 weeks pregnant and share our lives with 3 amazing cats that have been with us for 11 years. I have read many that said they will give up their cats who have been with them for years and have sprayed... Don't do that!! Cats are not like dogs. Cats are more like kids, ask your vet or an animal behaviorist BUT what has worked for me is I give them the same attention as before and have been playing baby sounds and I make time to play with them for 15 minutes a day. I also talk to them as I always have for 11 years in a baby voice and have played some of the toys we bought for our upcoming baby. Give your cats a chance. If they spray/act out is because they feel neglected and feel the attention has shifted. Work with them, don't give them up. We already have so many that need homes... Just give them a true chance and try to understand them as cats. Not as dogs, the two species are very different.

CindyandPieter |

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For those with cats as pets, please don't expect them to behave as dogs and don't try to educate them as you would a dog. They are different. First, play baby sounds, be as loving as you always have and continue offering the same attention to them as you always did. Also, get a doll, preferably one that cries and place it in a toy like one of those that glides and allow them to smell and make sense of it. Spoil them and get them their favorite treats so they know they will continue getting love after. Lastly, when on your way home from the hospital with the baby, the human that is the closest with the cat(s) get in first, everyone else and baby stay in the car for about 5-10 minutes and the human that goes in with the cats, feed them, pet them, hug them, give them some treats AND let them smell a blanket or something where the baby lied so they can smell and "meet" the baby before everyone else walking in. I guarantee success. Cats are magnificent pets with kids, just keep in mind cats are NOT dogs - so don't try to get the same behavior out of them or treat them as dogs. They are much more sensitive and kids like. Give them a chance!

CindyandPieter |

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lionking44 |

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lionking44 |

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This is a great article.When I was pregnant I sent my dog to a training camp that I found on http://www.k-9companions.com/k-9-bootcamp/..After this camp my puppy was prepared for when my baby comes home.

crazysony |

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Please help! We have been getting our mini labradoodle used to the nursery and he just sniffs around. (I'm 35 weeks!) and he isnt an agressive dog to people most of the time, but recently we started taking him out to eat at restaurants with dog friendly patios and on walks etc. When he sees a little child, he's interested, but when we go to let the child touch him, he nips! He's never bitten one, but when they get too close, he kind of growls and makes a sudden forward motion as to assert dominance. it seems like he thinks they are other small dogs. I'm really not sure what to do! I'm hoping that he realizes our baby is a part of the family. We also have two cats and he never plays too rough with them. He loves them. The only time I see this behavior is with small children that he thinks are other dogs. (he does get protective and tried to assert dominance with other dogs too) I'm SO WORRIED and my anxiety level is through the roof whenever he's around a friend's child. We tell him NO right away, but he does it again as soon as they try to pat his head. I'm terrified...He's only 3 years and the runt of his litter. His brothers live with my sister and mother and he is constantly competing with them, but the other dogs are FINE with kids! What do I do? I love my little chewy....

wildflowerklc |

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My husband and I are going to start TTC in July. I know I have awhile before a baby comes, but I figured it is never too early to start re-directing my two dogs. We have two Dobermans, 3 & 4 years old. And trust me, they are the sweetest dogs you'll ever meet! Our 3 year old we've had since a puppy... I'm not too worried about her because she's great with people and children. I'm only worried about her getting overly jealous because she's my Velcro-dog. Her whole world revolves around me. Any advice? We adopted our 4 year old Doberman, two years ago. She's never really been exposed to children, and is possessive over my husband (she's his Velcro-dog). Both girls are good dogs, but I need to train them not to jump up and/or sit on my lap. And, honestly, to all dog-momma's.... HOW in the WORLD do you stop giving your fur-babies as much attention? I don't know if I'll be able to! (Obiously I'll do whatever it takes for future baby.. but this is hard!) Any resources? Books? Online? Thanks!

amdelapresa |

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Consider crate training. Insuring your pet has a comfortable safe place to run/hide/hibernate when the new situation overwhelms them will make a less stressed pet and a happier home.

encoresara |

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Usually pets are caring toward kids, I did not have any problems with my Labrador named Dan when I brought my son home, he inspected him carefully and fell asleep near him, and it was such a touching moment. Now they are best friends and spend a lot of time together, when I had to visit http://www.mooreanimalhospital.com/ my son insisted to come with us because he wanted to be near his best friend.

amyabel68 |

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Introducing your baby gradually in the lives of your pets might also help, keep them in a different area of your home until your baby is ready to meet them. Also, don't forget there is dog boarding available for the time you'll be in the hospital, knowing your dog is cared for while you are away will ease your mind.

anniepark1 |

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I am 19 weeks pregnant and have a wonderful English Mastiff named Juno. Juno has always been more of a daddy's girl, but a little bit into the pregnancy I started noticing her choosing to sit by me instead of my husband. She does seem to be more cautious around me and my belly. Still, she weighs about 160 pounds and we have totally babied her. She sleeps in our bed, and sits on the couch with us. I have been trying to get her to sleep on her bed at night, and to sit on the floor beside the couch instead of on top of it. I have had more success with the couch because I can correct her when she continues to try and sit on the couch. Bedtime on the other hand has been awful. She whines for hours to be let onto the bed, and keeps trying to climb up as we are falling asleep. Once my husband and I fall asleep at night she crawls on the bed, under the blankets and right in-between us. I am not sure how to fix this! I haven't decided whether I want babies bed to be right beside mine, or a little bit away. Either way, I don't want our furbaby to crawl up in bed one night while I am feeding baby and hurt him or her. Any suggestions?

graceconger |