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Thread: Adding Another Human to Our Family - Any Tips?

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    Hi folks,

    Haven't been around much lately so I apologise for not contributing alot but then asking for your advice! Time is getting away from me at the moment!

    Our first bub is due in around 6 weeks, and I really want to make the transition as smooth as possible for Mulliah. Well, for us too. I'm just after any tips or advice on how best to do this both in preparation and when we bring bub home.

    I have purchased a high baby gate which I am going to put up in the next week to cordon off the 3 end bedrooms and bathrooms - just so I know Mulli can't wander into bub's room when she wants. She does not go into the bedrooms now, or any carpet areas, but am not going to rely on her remembering the house rules! I am aware that I still need to know where she is though and not rely on the gate to keep her out. I figure if I put it up soon it will give her time to get used to it.

    I pick up the pram soon and am going to leave it in the lounge so she can get used to it being in the house. I figure I should practise walking with her alongside the pram too before bub is in it?

    I've read that OH should bring home a wrap or blanket or similar from hospital so she can smell it and be introduced to bub's smell - does this work?

    Other than being really mindful of not letting her get forgotten in all the first few weeks of settling in (well not forgotten but not left out or not as much attention) I'm not sure what else I should be doing? Any tips would be greatly appreciated

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    Bringing home a blanket to smell can be good. But make sure that blanket is treated with the utmost respect. She is not to have it to herself, sit or lie on it, or put it in her mouth. Under any circumstances.

    She must know that she is to treat it as she would treat the baby. The really good thing about the blanket is that you can teach her this without the anxiousness that you would have if it was the real baby you were showing her.

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    Excellent advice Natty.

    I feel you are doing everything right, Human Bean. Doing it now will also help relieve your anxiety somewhat when the baby does come home, as that is the last thing you will need.

    My only advice is to lavish attention on your dog (be it you or thers) once you and bubs return home from hospital. Not always as easy to do as say, believe me. But the more you can give her of your affection, the better she will adapt to the new arrival.

    Oh, and by the way - CONGRATULATIONS!!!

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    Something I seem to remember from when I had my son (Holly, my lab was about 18 months old when I had him) was to take the dog out for a walk or something when you bring the baby home and then when the dog comes back the baby is already there. Not bring the baby into the dog's home if you see what I mean. Not sure of the reasoning behind this but we did it anyway.

    We never had any problems with Holly she used to lie next to my son when he was on the play mat it was so sweet.

    Best of luck with your little one when he/she arrives. It's an exciting, sometimes terrifying, often infuriating but ultimately a fantastic journey bringing up children
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    Congrats!
    I've never had to do it, but the advice Natty gave I had heard of before.
    You'll have to keep us updated with everything
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    I went throu bringing new bub home 7 months ago, and it went really well, we put a new door in to separate the living area to the bedrooms, and this we got done about 3 months before bub was due, to get Scoobs used to it. I did the blanket home from hospital, and a dirty nappie as well, and also made him part of the homecoming, Mel giving big cuddles to him and then gettings bubs out of car and doing a show and tell, things have gone great and i can see they will be great mates.

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    All the above advice sounds really good and you're doing the right thing by starting the process now.

    Just one thing I will mention is to think about where the dogs bowls are, are they in the kitchen or inside where baby may come across them later down the track.

    If you think your dog will end up spending more time outside when the baby arrives then start that now too.

    Completely agree practicing handling dog and pram. Some dogs take to it quickly and others not so.

    If you've got friends/relatives with babies maybe they can visit and you can see how the dog will react to noise etc.

    But all in all I think you're on the right track and are one of the most prepared baby/dog mothers I've heard of in a long time.

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    No advice only Congrats!! how exciting!!!!

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    Thanks everyone! It's all starting to get a bit real now!!

    Great advice too - I hadn't thought of a nappy - OH will love that task heh heh. Her bowls are always outside out the laundry door so that won't need to change, and the one baby that has been around she was really great with. Had a huge sniff and wanted to lick his feet, but after that initial curiosity she just curled up on her bed.

    She is a half inside/half outside kind of dog and I try to ensure there isn't a set pattern to it - I don't want her too dependant on being inside all the time, and alot of the time she takes herself outside anyways as she has an obsession with her dog house! So I'm aiming for this to stay the same as much as we can to keep the normality for her.

    One of my biggest concerns is I'm the one that walks her every day, even now, and this might not happen for a couple of weeks when I'm in hospital and first home. OH can, and will have to, but she runs amock a bit on him and he gets a bit frustrated, plus is not as motivated as me to take her every day. Although she is just as happy to be at home and not walk, curled up asleep near us, I guess I worry about missing out on our time.

    Anyways, thanks again

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    It might be worth setting a bit of money aside for a dog walker while your in hospital and hubby is busy with work, visiting hospital etc so her energy levels are being met.

    Oh and of course congratulations in advance.

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