The arrival of a baby alters routines, both those of the parents and those of the pets that, until then, had been the queens of the house.
Just as it happens to people, the animals that accompany us, and especially dogs and cats, need time to assimilate these changes, so preparing in time for the arrival of the new member of the family will be key to enjoy a good family atmosphere.
As we at Ride&Go Baby are experts in safe mobility for babies, for this article we have asked for help from those who do know about this subject, the Affinity Foundation, which, since 1987, has been researching, acting and promoting the benefits of pets in society. This is what they recommend in their blog:
As we said, it is very important to gradually accustom our pet to the changes that are coming. If their play and play schedules are going to be altered, it is recommended to modify them gradually in the weeks or months prior to the birth.
Similarly, it is recommended to get the animal used to doing activities that do not require your presence or to entertain itself.
Preparing the pet through stimuli usually gives very good results. They can be acoustic, such as playing a recording of a baby crying during playtime or when giving a reward. Visual, such as introducing the baby’s objects into the house that we will use later, such as the pushchair, cot or BabyBjörn bouncer with our wheels. This way, your pet can explore them and gradually become familiar with them. Smell, such as the baby’s used clothes while still in the hospital. Offering them together with a treat will create a positive association with the baby’s smell.
If you have followed all these tips from the Affinity Foundation, the presentation will go smoothly and there is nothing to worry about. However, it is advisable to be attentive to the animal’s behaviour during the first few days. In the same way, when the first contact with the baby takes place, there should be an adult monitoring the situation. The animal should not be forced to greet the baby, the best thing is for it to approach him or her when it wants to and we should let it sniff or even lick it calmly.
- Ask for professional help
Finally, if you notice any kind of aggressive behaviour, such as growling or showing teeth, it is very important to contact a vet specialised in behaviour quickly to help you deal with the problem.