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Whats the best way to acclimate a dog (2 yr.old toy fox terrier) to a new baby in the household??

Posted in Babysitting on 23rd June 2014

Whats the best way to acclimate a dog (2 yr.old toy fox terrier) to a new baby in the household??
We are getting ready to be new parents in October. We have a small terrier who is very well trained, but has never been around infants, although he does very well with children. We have been trying to get him used to the smell of baby powder/products and when we buy something for the baby, we let him sniff and explore it. Is there anything else we can do? We have already had to get rid of (sending him to live with relatives in Florida) our other dog because he is a big time barker, and very excitable, we don’t want to have to get rid of this one.

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Answer by rn_md
i guess you’re dong the right thing, letting the dog smell baby products so he can get accustomed to it. try bundling a crying doll in a blanket and carry it around the house, see what his reaction to it is. dont be scared if he starts barking, it’s just a new sound to him, but eventually he’ll get used to having a baby in the house. dogs are like that.

Answer by flydogs
Congrats on being (almost) parents, and kudos for not forgetting about your dog. I think that your dog’s good training will go a very long way towards helping him behave well with your new baby. You can also ease the transition by trying to take him someplace where he can meet people as often as you can. Ask for a sit-stay when he’s meeting people and make the whole experience very positive. I’ve had a great deal of success doing this outside of Safeway, since there’s a lot of new noises and smells and people to say hi to. The idea is to accustom him to all sorts of new things.

You will probably be spending a lot of time on the baby and consequently a bit less on the dog (although you still have a large commitment to his happiness and health), so get him used to this. Teach him that there are fun things to do alone, like solving Kong or Buster Cube treat toys, and that he will have time with you as well. If you don’t already have one, buy your dog a crate and train him to go inside. It will quickly become a quiet place of retreat for him that he can go when he has time alone. Stock it with treat toys, Nylabones, etc.

Hope this helps!

Answer by Dog_trainer
So glad you asked NOW rather than waiting until it was too late! You’ve already done a lot of good things like letting him smell the baby products. Now, start pretending you’ve already HAD the baby. Get one of those dolls that moves and cries. Put baby powder on it, wrap it in a blanket and carry it around. Let the dog sniff it – at first with the sound and movement off. Yes, he’ll know it’s not a real child but it will get him used to the idea. Correct him if he does anything rough, like tugging at the blanket or nipping the doll. Put some peanut butter on the doll’s hand and let the dog gently lick it off. Your child is going to be a walking smorgasbord very soon – better get him used to it now! Teach him to take food very gently from your own hands, so that he doesn’t accidentally nip the baby trying to snatch her cheerios.

Do some extra obedience training now – 15 minutes every day. “Sit” and “stay” and “don’t touch!” are really important. Make sure he gets a good long walk every day.

When the real baby comes, make it a pleasant experience for the dog. While you’re holding the baby, have someone else fuss over the dog and vice versa. This will help prevent jealousy. Keep the dog on a leash (even in the house) until you are confident about his behavior. Make sure you’re all getting plenty of exercise – take long walks with the dog and the baby carriage.

Be vigilant when the baby starts to crawl and walk. That changes the whole relationship. Make sure you don’t allow the toddler to torment the dog – he should have a safe place to go if he wants to be left alone. Many bites are the result of the child hurting the dog first. My personal belief is that NO dog should be left alone with a small child. Ever.

Answer by elaine p
i would ask a dog trainer about this so when the baby comes it won’t get jealous of the baby and will be it best friend.

11 month old baby not sitting?

Posted in Babysitting on 14th May 2014

11 month old baby not sitting?
My son is 11 months old and has been crawling since he was 6 months old and also pulling up to stand since he was 6 months old. However, we noticed he NEVER sits. If we put him on the floor in a sitting position to play, he drops to the crawling position, or rolls onto his back. The only time he “sits” is in his high chair and he can lean forward.

Is this strange for a baby never to sit up and just prefer being on hands and knees 100% of the time?
Note: This is our 5th child. All the others were sitting by 6-7 months and liked to be in that position while playing.
He can sit, he just chooses never to – unless I put him in that position. He will stay like that for maybe 30 seconds to a minute and then go back to hands and knees or back.

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Answer by Why so serious?
If he isn’t capable of sitting, you need to make an appointment with his pediatrician.

Answer by nucchick
Is he not capable of sitting of just preferred not to sit? If he cannot sit I would take him to the pediatrician.

Answer by *Aleiha’s Mom*
My daughter is also 11 months old, you should schedule an appointment. I do not think it anything which is concerning, since he can crawl and stand. But be safe and get it checked out.

Did you just feel like your baby would be late and turn out to be right?

Posted in Babysitting on 14th April 2014

Did you just feel like your baby would be late and turn out to be right?
I am due in 4 days with our first baby – a little boy in there 🙂

I just have a ‘feeling’ that Im going to be late.

We are due in 4 days yet I dont really feel like its going to happen!

I dont even think I feel like the baby has dropped yet – everyone keeps saying it will ‘feel like the baby is going to fall out” or that it will “feel like there is a boulder between my legs when I sit” …

and I dont feel like that at all ?

I have to pee NON stop- but thats it.

Did anyone else feel fine still – not like there was a boulder between your legs etc – yet the baby had actually dropped and you still delivered around your estimated due date ?

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Answer by Invisible Pink RN
Unfortunately in my case yes =/

Answer by Jack’s mummy,Baby callum – 29th July♥
i actually thought my son was gunna come early i was laggin from week 39.. i was getting alot more tired & achey, he was 8 days late, your instinct isnt always right 🙂 when he did decide to come i didnt feel any different, just like normal

Answer by purplemist
with my first baby i knew i would go late. i had her when i was 40w5d along. im 34w3d and through the whole pregnancy i’ve had the feeling im going to go early and as it turns out im having signs that labor might be close, according to my doctor.

Answer by I’d rather be at the beach
it could be that your baby won’t drop until you’re in labor. my daughter didn’t drop until I was 20 hours into labor. Once my water broke, she came right down, and was born 20 mintues later.
My son stayed low, the entire pregnancy. I would have to move his head to sit down. He was a week early, but his labor was still long (25 hours)
My daughter was 5 days late. And I knew she wasn’t going to be on time, or early. We decided to go ahead and install her carseat, on my due date. I finished packing my hospital bag a few days later. I was just in no hurry, and neither was she

Answer by Baby V
I never felt the boulder thing at all with my son. I thought with no doubt in my mind I was going to go overdue with him and he came on his due date. I was planning on going to Mexico that day too, that’s how normal I felt. My water broke at 1am