Small Kids and Pets
Most likely, your pets won't cause any trouble for your small children, but you should take some extra precautions. Plus, there are some things you need to teach your kids about Fido, too.Limit Access
. When you put your child down for bed or for a nap, make sure your pets are out of the room and won't be able to get in. As always, keep your eye on the monitor while he/she sleeps.Train.
Many parents get nervous about having a baby when there is a dog around, but if your dog is well-trained, there really isn't much to worry about. Make sure your dog is well-trained and you have its behavior under control before baby comes. In particular, train your pet not to jump, or to wait on the stairs, so that it won't disturb your balance as you walk down the stairs holding your baby, or interfere with your child as he grows and learns to navigate the staircase.Prepare Your Pet.
Get your pet used to the sounds of a baby - turn on the swing, or watch a TV show or movie with a crying baby. Bring home a blanket with your baby's smell on it before you bring baby home.Be Gentle.
As your child grows, she will start to interact with your pet. "Be nice" and "be gentle" are important reminders for small children who may not understand how to interact with an animal. Keep watch and make sure your child does not irritate or aggrevate your pet.Let Your Child Help.
Even young children - as young as one year - can begin to get involved with pet care. Get your small child excited about walking the dog or let her help give your cat treats.