3. Animals, like humans, find comfort in routine. An established pattern on which to fall back on will help combat the insecurity your pet will naturally feel during the first few weeks after baby’s arrival. Along the same lines, allow your pet to get used to some of the new baby smells before you bring your infant home. Apply baby lotion or powder to your hands, for example, and allow your pet to sniff baby’s clothes and blankets. If possible, allow him to investigate an article of clothing or blanket worn by the new baby prior to the infant’s arrival from the hospital. Animals rely heavily on their sense of smell, so familiarity with the baby’s smell will help your pet recognise him as part of the family when he comes home.
4. When you finally arrive home with your new baby, greet your pet happily and tell him how much you missed him. Gently introduce him to the baby so he can get a good look at the new family member. From that point forward, include him in as many baby activities as possible. Even saying his name while you’re changing nappies or feeding your infant will make your pet feel like an important part of this new life. Most behaviour problems pets exhibited after a new baby’s arrival stem from jealousy and neglect.
By paying special attention to your pet, preparing him in advance and including him as much as possible after baby comes home, you can avoid such problems and ensure a harmonious household.