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Bringing Baby Home: Socializing Siblings and Pets

by Teresa Shaw | September 1, 2008 12:00 AM1 Comments

Bringing baby home is a momentous occasion — you are introducing him or her to their new home for the very first time. What's more, you are most likely introducing baby to any siblings or pets for the first time as well. While this is an exciting time for all involved, it can also be a source of stress — both for baby and for the pets and siblings.

For pets and other children, who may consider themselves the "baby" since they arrived before your newest arrival, the introduction of an infant can be difficult. Your pet or child may be used to getting a lot of attention, and a new baby can cause a drastic change in their daily routine; not only will they receive less attention, but they may feel jealous, ignored and isolated. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to alleviate any stress on your other child or pets. When bringing baby home for the first time, consider these suggestions to make the transition easier for everyone.

Helping to Prepare Siblings

Bringing home a new little brother or sister can be stressful for older children. However, you can begin to acclimate them as early as during your pregnancy. To help smooth the transition, try these tips.

Before baby arrives:

After baby arrives:

Helping to Prepare Pets

Preparations to help your pets smoothly adjust to the addition of a new baby can begin months ahead of time. Following are some tips from the Humane Society of the United States to help your pet adjust to the new addition.

Before baby arrives:

After baby arrives:

Remember that it is important to reinforce positive behavior — you want your pet to associate the new baby with a positive experience. Never force your pet to get near the baby, and always supervise any interaction between your pet and your baby.

Teresa Shaw is a professional editor and freelance writer with a degree in English and journalism. She writes about motherhood, travel, and cooking, among other topics, for a variety of print and online markets. She enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, two cats, and dog.

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