Those expecting with pets!

Came across this and thought I would share!

That’s great! I’m not at all worried about introducing our dog to a baby. She’s incredibly gentle, so I’m sure all she’d do is lick! But I’m certainly going to do my research re ensuring dog and baby are introduced properly and interact together properly. By the way, I have a three year old female black Labrador.

Thanks for the read! My husband and I are TTC and we have a [name_m]Basset[/name_m] Hound who is very friendly.
Like, way too friendly, almost obsessive, when it comes to interacting with people, and I’m sooo nervous about what she would be like with a baby because she really needs to be up in everyone’s business, and bays if she’s ignored.

This would have been fabulous 2 years ago! My husband brought a Australian [name_m]Shepard[/name_m] puppy home when I was 28 weeks pregnant, we hadn’t even talked about getting another dog and then suddenly he arrived. It’s been fabulous though because Bugsy and [name_m]Nash[/name_m] have grown up together so they are best friends and my kids wont be scared of dogs. Although a naughty puppy and a newborn was complete hell for a little while.

I’m a little concerned about our bunny - that a baby will harm him, mostly. He only weighs 3 lbs and is pretty gentle and hides rather than attacks when scared. Lots of baby gates, I suppose!

Thanks for the article! I have two 5 year old [name_m]German[/name_m] Shepherds to introduce to baby. [name_m]Both[/name_m] dogs are exceptional with babies, so initially i wasn’t concerned, but then it hit me that they’ve never LIVED with a baby- just occasional babysitting a few hours at a time here and there. Fingers crossed!

We had a dog for 5 years, then [name_u]Sam[/name_u] came along… The dog wasn’t the problem it was [name_u]Sam[/name_u]. The dog was only a little Shih tzu his name was Roo, but [name_u]Sam[/name_u] would just jump all over him. So my Mum took him, I still see him a lot and [name_u]Sam[/name_u] is less violent. It worked out for the best woth us.

No problem ladies!!! I know a lot of people have pets of all different shapes, sizes, breeds, species so I figured I would share!

Sorry I didnt post two years earlier lol, I had an Australian [name_m]Shep[/name_m]. when I was younger named [name_u]Chase[/name_u] he got really violent to the point we had to give him to a family who had property to run him and give him what he deserves. I bet puppies are hard work in general throw a baby in the mix but I am sure you did well!

I just think once your son or daughter gets older you can teach them how to interact with your rabbit. But once crawling starts maybe use baby gates. I dont know much about rabbits!

Animals usually can sense that they have to be careful with babies and children. We had a border collie growing up that was very sweet and gentle and very protective of the kids in our household. She lived to be around 17 years old, and toward the end when she started to get arthritic and lose her sense of hearing and sight she wasn’t as patient with children & would nip at them if they frightened her.

Personally I would wait to get a dog until my children are old enough to ask for one and to help take care of the animal. Probably when Azula is 7 or so we will start to consider a dog.
Before then, I think cats are okay because they kind of keep to themselves more & aren’t as much upkeep as a dog.
Rabbits are fantastic for little kids because they aren’t self-defensive and they teach children to be gentle and calm and to socialize.

When our son was born, our dog was about 7 months old and we had him for about 4 months. We did not plan it that way. The baby was a big surprise. They told us in the hospital that our dog was the biggest possible danger to the new baby in our home. Pets (dogs and cats) will attack new babies, it really does happen. When the baby first becomes mobile, that is another dangerous time. That said, I think that if you take reasonable precautions, are careful about introducing the baby to the pet, and make sure to continue making time for your pet, everything will be fine.

The nurses at the hospital told us to take home our son’s first hat- the one that they put on the baby right after birth, before you get to bathe him. My husband brought the hat home and let our dog smell it, then gave [name_m]Ezra[/name_m] treats and lots of attention. Then when we brought [name_m]Lev[/name_m] home, we let [name_m]Ezra[/name_m] smell the baby and gave him more treats and attention. Then we were just careful. We never left the dog alone with the baby. [name_m]Ezra[/name_m] was never allowed to jump on the couch or bed or anything and I think that helped b.c we could have the baby on the bed for instance and not have the dog all up in his face. We had also spent a lot of time training the dog ahead of time. Still, [name_m]Ezra[/name_m] snapped at the baby once at we immediately let him know that was unacceptable. He has never done it again.

For the first several months, [name_m]Ezra[/name_m] did fine with the baby but didn’t really seem to know what to make of him. [name_m]Levin[/name_m] was fascinated by the dog from the beginning, though. As soon as he started eating solids, he started feeding the dog. As soon as he became mobile, we had to start hiding the dog dish b.c the dog wants to share his food with the baby. Now they have a good relationship. [name_m]Lev[/name_m] can tell [name_m]Ezra[/name_m], “sit down!” and [name_m]Ezra[/name_m] will sit. [name_m]Levin[/name_m] will throw [name_m]Ezra[/name_m]'s ball for him- it only goes about two feet, but [name_m]Ezra[/name_m] will fetch it and bring it back. It’s really cute and I think good for both of them. We do spend a lot of time reminding [name_m]Levin[/name_m] to have gentle hands and not to hit [name_m]Ezra[/name_m] or pull his ears or poke him in the eye or chase him around with the hairbrush… Hopefully, in time, this relationship will be more rewarding for [name_m]Ezra[/name_m].

Same with us! We plan on getting a couple of rabbits when we move into our new house (current house doesn’t allow pets). We love netherland dwarfs but with their size they would be extremely vunerable to kiddie attacks, not to mention they can have a fiesty temperment. As we plan to rescue our bunnies we might opt for a larger breed to stop this.

sweekune - Bunnies are awesome! we adopted ours from the humane society so it was total luck of the draw on the breed. We have a mini-lop but I would love to get him a companion who is a little bit larger. Right now the humane society has a few silver martens that are sooo pretty!

As to temperament I really think it tends to depend on the individual rabbit, so you might find some snuggly little rescue dwarfies!