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Bringing your new baby home is an exciting time for your family, but it can also be a big adjustment for your pet. They may be confused about why there is a new little person in their space, and they may even feel jealous or threatened.

We’ve written up some tips on the important of a careful introduction so that everyone is happy!

Before Your Baby Comes Home

  • Start by getting your pet used to the baby’s scent. You can do this by bringing home a blanket from the hospital that the baby has been wrapped in, or a little hat. Let your pet sniff the blanket and get familiar with the baby’s smell.
  • If you have a dog, teach them basic obedience commands. This will help you to control their behavior around the baby, especially in the early days.
  • Create a safe space for your pet. This could be a crate, a bed in a quiet corner of the house, or even a room that they can retreat to when they need some time alone.

When Your Baby Arrives

  • Introduce your pet to the baby in neutral territory. This could be the living room or even the backyard. Keep your pet on a leash if possible.
  • Allow your pet to sniff the baby from a distance. Once they seem comfortable, you can let them get closer.
  • Supervise all interactions between your pet and the baby. Keep your pet on a leash or in your arms when they are near the baby.
  • Give your pet plenty of praise and attention when they interact with the baby in a positive way. This will help them to associate the baby with good things.

Important Tips

  • Take things slow. Don’t force your pet to interact with the baby if they are not ready.
  • Be patient. It may take some time for your pet to adjust to the new addition to the family.
  • Be consistent. Make sure that everyone in the household is on the same page when it comes to interacting with your pet and the baby.
  • Don’t punish your pet if they have an accident. This will only make them more anxious and stressed.
  • Seek professional help if needed. If you are having trouble introducing your pet to your baby, a certified professional dog trainer or animal behaviorist can help.

Tips for Keeping Your Pet Safe Around Your Baby

  • Never leave your pet and baby unsupervised. Even if your pet has been well-behaved around the baby in the past, supervision is a must, as all it takes is a moment for an accident to happen.
  • Teach your baby to respect your pet. This includes not pulling on their tail, ears, or fur.
  • Make sure that your pet’s toys and food are out of your baby’s reach.
  • Keep your pet’s nails trimmed and their teeth clean. This will help to prevent any accidents.
  • Take your pet to the vet for regular checkups. This will help to ensure that they are healthy and up-to-date on their vaccinations.

Taking these tips and points on board, you can guarantee a smooth transition for your new little one and your fur baby!

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MiniMe Pet (the social app for pets!) is under active development and has been just released for iOS and Android.

We’re always looking for loving pet parents to work with and help with feedback for the initial release of our app!