Getting Pets Ready for a New Baby in the House
Bringing home a new, little bundle of joy is a truly exciting time for parents, but if there’s already a four-legged, furry baby in the house, this can be a difficult adjustment for a pet. While some of them can become anxious while we’re away from home for a short period of time, imagine how they’ll feel with a new, permanent housemate all of a sudden.
Here are some of the things we can do well before the birth of our human child that will help them to better adapt to this situation:
Training Before Arrival Is Essential
If your pet is exhibiting behaviors you don’t want with an infant or toddler in the house, it’s best to train them before the baby arrives.
Trying to make the adjustment of having a new baby, and beginning a new training regimen, might be just too much for the animal. And if a pet associates new rules and boundaries with a baby, they could be resentful towards the child.
More Than a Simple Set Up
Most parents will have the nursery set-up long before their nine-months are up, but it’s important to bring out all the gear so that your pet will become accustomed to them long before the baby’s arrival.
Leave out the swings, bassinets, rocking devices, playthings and any other baby equipment you will be using, well in advance of the infant’s arrival, and make sure your pet becomes used to their sights, locations and sounds.