I think people mollycoddle everything too much. There is such a thing as over preparedness IMO.
I mean maybe I am just crazy but I dont think any prep is necessary.
When I had my daughter, we had 2 dogs. Chev and Lennox. Chev (staffy/lab female) was 2 and Lennox (staffy/boxer male) was 6 months or so.
I went into hospital to have the baby and stayed one night. I came home the next day and just walked in with the baby like nothing was any different. And it wasnt.
The dogs were allowed to lick and sniff her (I think that is where problems arise, people try and keep the dog away from thebaby). They were still allowed on the couch next to me etc. The fact is, newborn babies dont take up any time IMO. They get up every few hours for about half an hour and then they ar eback in bed.
Anyway, we did no prep. We did decorate the kids room but as usual, the dogs had free reign of the house so were never kept out of there. If she was on the floor for a roll round, they were allowed to lie next to her. And often did. She grew up yanking on their ears and putting chubby little hands in dogs mouths, and sharing food etc etc.
That was the way it was wehn I grew up and I just didnt see th eneed to do anything differently.
Liek Beloz said, your dogs should trust you enough to accept anything strange you bring into the house IMO.
In the end, Lennox absolutely adored the kid. If she was outside playing, or we went to the beach, he was always by her side keeping an eye on her.
What I did notice though is, before I brought the kids home, the dogs didnt always listen (they were a bit spoilt) but then the day I brang the kid home, they suddenly became super obediant LMAO