When families are expecting a new baby, often times they have to prepare their homes and make many changes to accommodate their new little one. A baby changes your world and environment, along with your pets!
After bringing home a new baby, there are many new smells, scents, sounds and routines that can cause some anxiety and behavior changes for your pet. You need to gradually introduce baby-related items to your pets!
Start by using baby powder and lotions to allow your pet to get used to the new scent. Also, play CD’s or online recordings of baby sounds to familiarize your pet with what they soon will be hearing around the house. Some suggest placing the baby’s car sear and toys around the house so your pets can investigate these items. Also, before bringing the baby home, you may want to bring home an article of the baby’s clothing that they’ve already worn and let your pet get familiar with the baby’s scent.
It is also important that pet owners don’t scold or strike their pets around or near the baby. This allows for the pet to associate bad or negative feelings with the new baby. As a safety precaution, parents shouldn’t leave their baby alone in the same room with your pet.