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Thinking about our days here at home, and how baby FLO and Benny follow each other around all day. From exploring the backyard, to trying out each other’s toys and sometimes snacks, and then sharing the dog bed. It’s hard to think back to a life before they were such a twosome. Or, that I was ever worried whether Benny would accept the baby. I certainly think a lot of the credit goes to Benny on this one, and his naturally loving disposition. On the other hand, we also took steps to help our dog and baby get along. So I thought I’d share them with you. Read on for 5 ways to make sure your pet and child are besties. Also, don’t forget to scroll all the way down to find out about two amazing contests you can enter your little one in to win big!
1. Introducing Your Baby to Your Pet
We did a lot of research online and there seemed to be a clear consensus for how to introduce your baby to your pet. Before coming home with baby FLO from the hospital, Mau checked in on Benny and brought over the baby’s blanket. We hoped this would help Benny understand we were coming home with something new. Once we were home with the baby, we allowed Benny to smell the baby, and I made sure to pet Benny as I held baby FLO.
We never had any issues or concerns with Benny showing aggression towards FLO. As a mama, I would suggest that you trust your gut. You know your pet best. I never left Benny alone with the baby, unless the baby was safe in his crib or jumper.
2. Include Your Pet in Your New Routine
We included Benny in our new rituals whenever possible. We would take walks as a new family of four, and I would let Benny stay in the nursery when I nursed FLO and when he would take his naps. In those early weeks and months, the three of us. Me, Benny and the Baby spent all of our time in the same space.
3. Give Your Pet Extra Attention
The first couple weeks at home with the baby were a blur. I was overwhelmed with baby FLO and did not have anything left for Benny. That’s where Mau came in. He was sure to still give lots of attention to Benny, especially because I could hardly remember if I ate, let alone whether I fed the dog. Early motherhood is so tough! Delegating helped keep our Benny happy, when mom wasn’t around.
4. Show Your Baby How to Treat Your Pet
Now that FLO is a toddler and likes to grip, throw and chase, Benny was immediately his first target. What kid wouldn’t want to grab on to a wagging tail? But, as parents we had to step in and demonstrate when and how it is ok to touch Benny. I always keep an eye out on those two, and there are definitely moments when FLO isn’t as gentle with Benny as I would like him to be. But, Benny is typically very patient.
If I sense that Benny is getting agitated, I do step in and try to give him a break from the baby. Toddlers are non-stop and even the dog needs a break! You know your pet best, so paying attention to how your dog is responding is key in maintaining a healthy boundary between your pet and baby.
5 Have Baby Help Care for Your Pet
FLO is only 1 1/2 but he already has responsibilities at home! One of which is feeding Benny. As regulars at Target, I pick up Purina® ONE® Smartblend for our oversized Beagle because it has the balanced nutrition that can support his well being, and real meat fish or poultry is always the number one ingredient.
We of course can’t get out of Target without picking up all the snacks for baby FLO too. He is a fan of most Gerber® snacks. More specifically the Gerber Graduates Strawberry Yogurt Melts Freeze-Dried Yogurt & Fruit Snacks, and the Lil’ Crunchies. They’re great snacks to have on-hand or on the go.
Sidenote, last week at Target the sales clerk at check out said FLO gets cuter every time she sees him. Does this mean we go to Target way too often?
Like every parent, I think baby FLO has what it takes to be a “Gerber baby,” but since I am partnering up with Purina One and Gerber, he won’t be eligible to enter. But, if you have a little one you should definitely enter these two contests. Read below for details.
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Thanks so much for reading, hope you win!