This is something that’s been on my mind a lot lately. If you’ve scrolled through my Instagram, you know we love our Lady. She’s the sweetest thing and ever since my belly started showing, she’s been by my side snuggled up next to her baby sister. But I worry about how she’ll react to the new baby once she comes home. What will she do when the baby cries? Will she be skittish around her? What about when she gets older and starts crawling around the floor?
Lady is a rescue dog. We’ve had her for about 3 years now and she fits in perfectly to our family. My 11 year old is obsessed with her and Lady kindly tolerates Jaime’s constant attention (whether she wants it or not). My oldest is not the biggest animal lover, but Lady’s personality is perfect for her. She knows when to back off and doesn’t bother her too much. Just the way Julianna likes it.
But this baby will be something new. Someone who will take my attention away from her. Someone who will take her place in our warm, comfy bed at times too. We started kicking her out a few months ago, encouraging her to go upstairs and sleep with Jaime, but she inevitably sneaks downstairs in the middle of the night and ends up under our covers. We’ve bought a few different dog beds, each one comfier than the next, but she doesn’t go near them.
We also started putting out baby things a few weeks ago so she can get used to them. The bassinet, a car seat (which she was not happy about since it stops her from jumping in the front seat next to me while I’m driving), diapers, a pacifier, etc. We plan to bring home one of the baby’s blankets from the hospital so that she can get used to her smell.
I wondered what else we should be doing so I did a little research. Here are some other tips I found online that we’re going to try.
When you get home from the hospital, greet the dog alone without the baby. I told my husband I want to come in the house first so she can greet me and I’ll love on her for a few minutes before he brings the baby in.
Praise the dog when she interacts with the baby in a positive way. Goes without saying, but Lady can be insecure so I think she’ll appreciate the words of encouragement when she comes over to sniff the baby.
Give your dog attention when the baby is around. I guess it’s obvious, but I never really thought about this. If I am only giving Lady attention when the baby is sleeping or out of the room, she’ll decide good things happen when the baby isn’t around.
Never leave the dog alone with the baby. Period.
I’ll keep you posted on our progress! If all goes well, I can’t wait to take a million photos of them together!!