Hello again day dreamers,
There are a lot of us out there that committed to having fur babies long before the thought of human babies even crossed our mind. D and I currently have Miss Keira our cat and Lucy our not so small puppy. I truly believe there is only so much you can do to prepare animals for kids, but if you are anything like me you have been reading up on anything you can and warning them daily that they have NO CLUE what is in store for hem!
The real prep started when the baby items began arriving, both Keira and Lucy were all about checking out the new furniture (and boxes) and Lucy thinks she must ‘kiss’ every baby item I wash/fold/hang/organize. Keira is another story, we have pretty much had to shut her out of the nursery and hide the bassinet in there… because clearly any soft bed is meant for the cat.
So how am I prepping them, here is what I have started:
- Banishment from the bedroom. D and I used to be very strict with animals in our room (mainly the cat as he is allergic) but since getting the dog, we (I) have been very loose with the animals in the bedroom rule. So after several months of full family cuddles, both dog and cat are out.
- Brush up on dog training. We had a trainer come over to help us with some general issues we have been having, but also for some great advice for when we bring baby D home. The biggest take away that is helpful for all: dog goes back into the crate. This means during the day even while I am at home if I need a break from the dog (especially if baby is also napping).
- Making noise. All of the new items I have brought home I have been sure to get them making their sounds. Keira was utterly fascinated with the music the mobile made – still not sure if she was digging it or terrified though. Even turning on swings or other items that move/make noise
- Fewer cuddles. I read that you should give fewer cuddles to you pets to prep for the baby, as the reality is you will not have as much time for animal cuddles once baby arrives. I can’t seem to follow this one. I think I deal out an appropriate amount of cuddles per day that won’t change too drastically once baby arrives.
These are just a few things I have started in my house. Ultimately it comes to responsible parenting and pet ownership. If baby and animals are in the same room so are you and you are mediating the situation. If you can’t be watching, then baby and animals shouldn’t be together. It will be an adjustment for all of us (especially Miss Keira) but I am sure with time we will find the sweet spot that works for us.
Do you have any other recommendations/tips for prepping animals for baby?