How to Prepare Your Dog for a Baby

A new baby introduces new sounds and smells into the house, so get your best friend ready before the baby comes home from the hospital.

Instructions

  • Step 1: Make the house ready Add items for your baby to your home – like a crib, a stroller, and baby toys – slowly, so your dog can get used to them.
  • Step 2: Use a stunt baby Ask a friend to bring their baby over for a visit. Record the baby's sounds, including cries, and play them back for the dog in the months leading up to the birth.
  • Step 3: Change the sleeping arrangements If your dog sleeps in your room or bed, slowly move them to their own sleeping area. They should be sleeping comfortably in their own spot away from your bedroom and the baby's room several weeks before the due date.
  • TIP: Make sure your dog knows the new sleeping arrangement is not a punishment by leaving treats on his bedding.
  • Step 4: Getting the scent While mother and baby are still in the hospital, send some worn clothes home to acclimate your dog to the new baby's scent.
  • Step 5: Bonding with the baby While you are playing with the baby, don't neglect your four-legged friend. As you are holding the baby, talk to your dog and give them plenty of treats.
  • FACT: Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz hired "Dog Whisperer" Cesar Millan to help their bulldog prepare for their baby.

You Will Need

  • A crib
  • A stroller
  • Assorted baby toys
  • A friend's baby
  • A recording device
  • Dog treats
  • A dog bed

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