Dogs and babies. Are you pro or anti? Maybe you like one or the other but not together?
More and more millennials are seeing their pups as starter children. Their fur babies before their baby babies.
But when you have your baby in your arms, it changes things up with your four-legged friend.
Let’s get into the nitty-gritty.
Why Dogs and Babies Are A Good Combo
What if I told you that having a dog (or a cat) can help reduce the risk of illness, especially in the first year, as well as lower the risk of allergies. Ummm, I would say bring on the puppers!
It’s not quite clear why, but the guess is that dogs expose babies to microbes which helps mature their immune system to be better prepared for future attacks. So, in other words, dogs are nasty but it’s okay.
I feel like this also gives moms an excuse to not clean the house all the time. Babies need to be exposed to the nasty stuff every once in a while to build up their immune system.
And what about unconditional love and snuggles? Babies need love just as much, if not more than they need food. Baby+doggy snuggles are super cute and they both get some love out of it. Of course, you want to keep an eye on the napping duo to make sure that your babe is safe.
Sweet little babies also need to play and be active. Even if they aren’t quite crawling or walking yet, they can still reach for toys and try as they might to grab their favorite furry friend. As they grow older, having a dog will encourage a more active lifestyle with walks, fetch and playtime.
That sounds like a triple threat to me! Health, love, and play.
Introducing Your Baby and Dog
If you already have a dog and you are expecting your first child, there are a few tips to make sure this first meeting is nice and smooth.
- Switch Up Your Dog’s Routine: If your dog has a consistent walking, eating, playing schedule with you, you will want to gradually switch it up before baby arrives. Your life is about to get crazy (crazy good), you don’t want your dog to associate all these changes with the baby.
- Baby Noises: Play baby noises and crying every once in a while so your pup can get used to it. You might notice that your dog gets concerned when he hears a baby crying. He can probably sense that your baby needs something!
- Baby Smells: Once the baby is born, ask your spouse or a close friend to take some of the new baby’s clothes home (while they are still in the hospital) so the dog can get used to the baby’s smell.
For more tips, check out this great article: here.
When Dogs and Babies Are Bad
I’m completely biased. I’m a huge dog lover. But that doesn’t mean that I’m not extremely picky with what type of dog I’ll bring home to my new baby.
Some dogs are extremely territorial, to the point that they will not do well with a new member of the pack. And that is scary! Even if you have the sweetest pooch around, never leave your dog alone with your new baby. And remember that different breeds do better with kids.
If new baby has dog allergies then your four-legged friend might need to find a new home. But don’t fret, there are hypoallergenic dogs out there.
Here’s the thing, getting a dog is like having a baby, a furry, four-legged, barking baby (AKA starter child). Just like your cute kiddos, dogs need love, attention, baths, food, medical stuff, etc.
If you’re not willing to take care of those things, then a dog is definitely not for you! But if you want unconditional love, a cute furry face, a more active lifestyle and a possible immune system boost, then get a dog!
Dogs are sweet companions to kids and teach responsibility. But hey, I’m biased. I’m an extreme dog lover. Whether you’re looking for a starter child or a companion for your baby–dogs are great additions to the family.
What do dogs and babies have in common? They are both dirty, little things. Keep them clean with some bath wash, here.