How To Introduce Your Pet To Your Baby

Introducing your new baby to your family pet may be a bit nerve wracking. Follow these tips for a smooth transition


Once you bring baby home from the hospital, it will be time to introduce her to the rest of the family. If you have other children, you will need to ease the transition for them. But there are some family members that may be all but forgotten during all the excitement of the arrival of your new baby: your fur babies a.k.a your pets!

A new baby certainly doesn’t mean that Mr. Fluffy or Trixie will be on the outs, but you should still take steps to ensure your baby’s safety and your pet’s peace of mind.

Say Hello To Spot First

When you first arrive home, your pet(s) should have a chance to greet you without the baby present. Once your pet has calmed down and gotten his excitement under control, then someone should come in with baby. Try keeping them separated for a few hours to give your pet time to adjust without being too close.

Baby Steps

Don’t expect the moon on your pup's first go. Keep your furry friend under control for their first introduction to baby. Your dog should be on its leash in a sit-stay position and your cat should be in your arms (or on a leash). Use treats and praise to reward good behaviour and be sure to keep your pet close enough that they can smell the baby but not close enough that they could bite.

Don’t Exclude Fido

The introduction of a new baby to your family will undoubtedly change your routine. But it is important for your pet that you try to stick to her routine as much as possible. Try not to exclude (or neglect) your pet, as this may result in the pet acting out. Remember, they are a part of your family too, so keep them included in your daily activities.

 Keep Your Cool

Your pet knows you. If you are nervous or anxious, it is very likely that your pet will pick up on it and mirror your emotions. The reverse is also true: if you are calm your pet will be calm as well. Be conscious of the energy you are giving off when baby and pet are interacting with one another.

Safety Comes First

The safety of your baby is always your number one priority. Never leave your baby alone with your pet and always monitor their interactions. 

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