The New Dad Blog - Week -2: When Pets Meet Babies

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In just 2 short weeks time, there is going to be a brand new addition to the Graham household. This is the latest in a weekly blog series looking at the highs and lows of being a new dad. Welcome to The New Dad Blog: Week -2 where this week I look at introducing newborns to pets. To catch up on previous editions of The New Dad Blog, check out my profile here: https://www.bytheminute.co/users/19-roddy-graham

So, yeah, just two weeks to go until due date o'clock. Which essentially means Mini G could be here anytime over the next three and a bit weeks. *breathes really deeply* It's not just going to be Mrs G and me who has their world turned upside down by the arrival of the wee one. Oh no. There's three hairy babies in Chez Graham who are going to find themselves a new playmate over the next few hours/days/weeks (delete as appropriate). That's right. I'm talking about these guys...

Yes, Geordie (the black one above), Indie (the tall one above) and Maisie (the crazy one above!) are about to get a new addition to their pack. Thankfully (from my point of view...) it's not going to be a four-legged friend. Though I've no doubt Mrs G will try everything in her powers to make that happen sooner rather that later... It did get me thinking this week; what will the dogs be like with a newborn in the house? I honestly think that they'll be absolutely grand. They've had a fair bit of exposure to kids throughout their lives, although maybe not such young children. They are always very caring and respectful to little people and don't tend to go tearing around the room when there's tiny feet and arms moving. From doing some reading into it, I've found some very handy hints which I thought some of you might like to read. If not, you can skip this part and just scroll down to the bottom where you'll find some cute photos of babies and pets together. Wee spoiler alert there for everyone else. TIPS FROM THE BOOKS 1) Play baby noises in the house so the dogs don't freak out when they hear a crying baby for the first time. Crank the volume up on the surround sound speaker for full effect. 2) Let the dogs see the baby things as you're building them so they get acquainted with buggies and rocking cots before the wee one arrives. 3) Instead of giving the dog a bone when they first meet the newborn, give it a blanket filled with baby smells to let it know that this small person is not a threat to its livelihood. 4) You know that urge to make a fuss over your dog when you've not seen him/her in days? Do that when you're bringing baby in. Wind it up rotten so it knows something amazing is happening. 5) Keep the routine in check as much as often. What time do the dogs normally get fed? Feed them then. Normal walking time? Aim to go out then. Sit and watch Coronation Street together? Stick it on and curl up! 6) Never leave baby and doggy alone. That little sneeze or squeal might just send your dog into overdrive. That's what the books and blogs say. Whether any of those work out for us is another question for another day. No doubt I'll write about this again in the future though once we find out the truth. And no doubt there'll be some picture of the baby sleeping surrounded by three sleeping dogs that'll reach social media someday because our three just get along so well with Graham Jr!

As always I stick a wee question out on social media...but this week there was a wee twist. I did ask for some advice on Twitter but since my wife is a) a dog walker and b) an agility champion, she asked her circle of friends for advice and tips. Here's what some of them said, starting with fairly recent new dad Ross...

Faye clearly read the same material as me...

I hope our Indie is like Annie's Indy...

Like this tale from Nikki...

Lynsey is just showing off at how well her dog took to her baby...

And finally, it was Aileen's buggy which proved to be the biggest hinderance...

Thanks for reading the blog this week. So long as baby doesn't come in the next 7 days, I'll be back next week with my final pre-actually-becoming-a-new-dad-New-Dad-blog which is going to be a labour playlist special. If you've any tunes that you'd definitely stick on in the delivery room, do let me know on Twitter (I'm @MrRoddyGraham on there). Oh, and before I wrap up for good, here three photos of babies with pets that will make you smile. Number 1!