You are about to embark on the most exciting and gratifying adventure of your life: parenthood. Not only will it completely change your life, but it will also have a big impact on the life of your pet. Just as you spend nine months preparing for your baby, your pet will also need time to adjust to the idea of a new family member.
There are a number of things you can do to get your fur-baby ready for your newborn and the earlier you can start, the better!
5 Tips To Help Your Pet Be Ready For A Baby
Play Baby Sounds
It is no secret that babies have the tendency to cry. Sometimes it can be in the form of a slow, quiet whimper, but other times it can be a blood curdling scream. If your pets have never heard these sounds before, it can give them cause for concern. To get them used to it, play recordings of crying babies. This way, they will not be startled by such a loud addition to the household.
Set Up Baby Gear
Set up all of the baby gear as early as possible. This will allow the pets to get used to the presence of these new items in the home. Let them sniff around the baby swing, rocking chair, bouncy seat, playpen, and anything else you will install permanently for the baby.
Change Daily Routine
You and your pets have gotten used to a specific routine. When a baby enters the picture, this routine will alter significantly. Start by teaching your pets that they will have to wait for walks or food; push back these activities by an hour or so. They need to learn that their needs will be coming second to your newborn.
It is a good idea for your pet to have a special place somewhere in the house. A good retreat can be a spot with his bed in the corner, a crate under the stairs, or a shelf in the living room. Sometimes a baby can be a bit overwhelming for your pet; too much stimulation may cause anxiety. It is important that he have his own quiet space to rest and rest.
Before you head to the hospital, make sure you have a plan set up for pet care. Have a family member or friend watch them while you welcome your new baby to the world. Once your baby is born, have someone take the baby’s hat or blanket to your pets. This will introduce them to the natural scent of your newborn, so when you come home, the smell will be familiar.
The most important thing to remember is that you have to involve your pet in the welcoming of your new baby. Isolating them from your newborn may create resentment. Start preparations as early as possible for the best results. You will be able to better control the pet’s introduction upon the baby’s arrival and begin life as one big happy family!
To learn more information, don’t hesitate to contact Henderson Animal Hospital!