My first baby (below 😜) is used to getting alllll the love and attention right now. How did you get your dog used to a new baby? He's been great with my friends babies/kids, but I know this may be a bit different once he realizes she's not leaving!

  • Shannon
    Jun 02, 2017

    Those eyes! 😍

  • Meri
    Jun 02, 2017

    We didn't have a dog, but two cats. I read back then that you should send a blanket or something the baby has been in contact with back home to the dog to get used to the baby's smell. That is if you stay in the hospital for a couple of days.

  • Jennifer
    Jun 02, 2017

    He's so cute

  • Katie
    Jun 02, 2017

    We had 3 dogs when we brought home our son (our oldest - the fuzzy one - has since passed). We got my inlaws to take the two younger / less mellow dogs so we could slowly transition our family. While we were still at the hospital, my husband brought home a hat our son had worn to let them smell/cuddle with. After we were home and had settled in, we brought home the 2nd oldest (the terrier), who has an extreme fondness for my toddler nephew and isn't rambunctious. It took a day or two but he eventually relaxed (and now acts like the baby is HIS baby). We brought the 3rd dog (hound mix) home about 2 weeks after the baby was born. She is just turning 2 next week, and is a bit crazy, so it was pretty stressful for me. But it went ok. We made a point to go over to see her every other day, with the baby so she got used to his smell/noises/us giving him attention and not her. On the days when I was too tired to go, my husband would still go over with some of our son's clothing for her to be around. When we did bring her back, we made sure that she had adequate exercise. Overall, it went well. My advice is to have someone take your dog for a day or two for you so you can get the lay of the land with your new baby, but go visit for short periods with the baby/items that smell like the baby. Then bring the dog back and make sure you give lots of exercise and treats for good, calm behavior.

  • Kayla
    Jun 02, 2017

    Been there! This is Ein and Oliver (Ein is the dog). Ein has been the fur baby for the longest time, and loves kids, but Oliver was different. Ein was curious when we brought Oliver home (we let him sniff clothes first), and wanted to "watch" him. He also had a thing in giving judgmental looks at us when Oliver would cry (like wtf are you doing?! Or why aren't you helping him?). Ein likes Oliver, but doesnt..(like sibling jealousy). Some days he would act as if Oliver wasn't there (drop his toys on his head (the soft ones and it never hurt him) or just plain act like he wasn't there (want to roll around where Oliver was laying). I think supervised floor time has really helped out, bc I can play with both of them. Walks has also helped too. Lately, Ein has been acting more of a "buddy" to Oliver...and I'm betting it will get better once when Oliver gets bigger to play. Good luck!

  • Katherine
    Jun 02, 2017

    Seems like others have spoken to bringing baby home so wanted to give some tips for after the introduction, The biggest things for us have been 1) consistently exercising our dog (hire a walker or get help from friends if you need too). 2) keeping as much a routine for pup once at home with you e.g mealtimes etc 3) follow mantra good things happen for dog when baby is around (treats,praise,playing) you want to create a positive association when baby is around pup 4) when limits are set keep them -we don't budge on no pup in baby room or on couch 5) try to spend 5 solid minutes a day providing your pup with attention. We've also got into a Ruth now of playing with toys with our pup so when he wants attention now he just brings us a toy. 5) start asap playing with pup with you on floor. Often dogs can be nervous about us crawling on floor with baby when that hasn't happened before. So just something to think about

  • Diane
    Jun 03, 2017

    Thank you SO much for all of youre thoughtful answers! I will definitely be following some of these for my own furbaby 🐶💕

  • Katie
    Jun 03, 2017

    Kayla - love that you have a Corgi named Ein. I'm also a Cowboy Bebop fan :)

  • Sheila
    Sep 18, 2017

    It's safe to say that our dogs love our LO. Lol Sammy our Pitbull loves him the most, Monkey our Boxer is always letting us know when he is upset, or going to cry, and our min pin loves his snuggle buddy. ♥️