Pet Parenting Tip #4: Pets and Your New Baby

Tip #4: Preparing for the arrival of a new baby?  Try temporarily replacing the door of the baby’s room with a screen door.  This keeps inquisitive dogs and cats out, but still allows you and your pet to hear the baby and see into the baby’s room.

Temporarily replacing the door to the new baby's room with a screen door will keep inquisitive pets out.

Adding a new baby to the family can be stressful to your cat or dog, and your pet will be naturally curious about the new arrival.  When you are not able to supervise your pet and the baby, a screen door will still allow your pet to see and smell the new baby while your pet is getting used to the newcomer.  Try providing your pet with an object such as a small blanket or toy the baby has handled so your pet becomes familiar and comfortable with the baby’s scent.   A baby gate or pet gate may work for many dogs, but  cats are able to easily jump over most gates.

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  1. Good post on dogs and babies.

    I come from a family, with a long tradition of having dogs, around people from newborns to adults.

    We have never experienced any kind of problems with dogs and babies in the same room. We did always treat our dogs, as a equal member of the family – while eating, sleeping and playing.

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