Adventures in Baby-Proofing: Pet Edition

Thanks to Graco team member, Liz, for this great story! Liz is expecting her first little one soon and has volunteered to share her adventures in getting ready for her new arrival. Great tips Liz — we can’t wait to read more!

How do you prepare your first “baby” for the arrival of a new baby, when the first “babies” you had are furry and come with four feet, a tail, and maybe even a princess complex?

The short answer is: we don’t have the slightest clue.

But we are about to find out. Our first baby is due this summer and we’ve spent a considerable amount of time worrying about planning for how we would all learn to be a happy family together.

Our little family already consists of two dogs and two cats, all of which we love dearly without judgment, but (who are we kidding) sometimes participate in less-than-desirable activities. (I fully blame their owners. :) ) Hey, if we wanted perfect pets, we would have gotten stuffed animals, right?

We reminded ourselves that we as humans have all this time to mentally prepare for the baby’s arrival and know what is coming. While the four little troublemakers probably know *something* is up (as in, “why is there less room in mom’s lap for me?”), they probably don’t have a good grasp on the chaos that is about to explode into all our lives.

So we’ve tasked ourselves to create a little “Adventures in Baby-Proofing: Pet Edition” plan to help prepare them before baby comes so the transition is a little easier on everyone.

Yes, we’re dorky, and no, we’re not afraid to admit it.

How did we come up with our plan of action? Well, we turned to the one thing that has the answer to every question that matters: Google (haha). After going through approximately 4,324,876 websites and blogs about how to prepare dogs and cats for babies, we were completely shocked at the sheer number and variety of information out there.

We quickly decided that we just needed to formulate specific steps that we:
1. Felt comfortable with
2. Knew we had the skills and time to implement
3. Thought would be best-suited for our pets’ particular mix of personalities and behaviors.

Each family has to decide what is best for them and their pets. So with that in mind, we came up with the five steps to try as an experiment, based on the advice of a couple favorite websites (like Dog Gone Safe and Dogs and Storks) that seemed very pragmatic and matched our overall philosophy and style. We’ll blog about each step and our progress right here, so we can report on how everyone is doing and (let’s face it) beg you all for advice!


Tune in next week for Step #1, which Liz affectionately calls, “Vet Checkup and Supply Stock Up (or How to Quickly Empty Your Wallet in 24 Hours).”

In the meantime – tell us: how have you prepared your pets for kids?

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5 Responses to “Adventures in Baby-Proofing: Pet Edition”

  1. Michelle April 14, 2011 at 12:25 pm #

    Our little one is due in early June and the biggest problem that we have had to overcome with our two fur babies (3 year old cat and a 1.5 year old cat) was to keep them from jumping into baby things ie: bassinet/playpen. So I searched online and found a couple of ways to keep them from jumping in but the one that we found that has worked well is to place tinfoil in the bottom of the bassinet, so that when kitty jumps in it scares them and they no longer want to do it. BUT…. don’t let them see you take it out lol because then they know its gone and hop right in! lol

  2. Liz April 14, 2011 at 1:17 pm #

    Wow, what a great idea Michelle! I’ll definitely have to try that one out and let you know how it goes.

  3. Megan Roe April 14, 2011 at 1:47 pm #

    Your “babies” are so adorable! Can’t wait to hear all your tips!

  4. chloe April 14, 2011 at 1:57 pm #

    This is the one thing on my mind, my lil girl is a nearly 2yr old cockerspaniel and my princess! I have been walking her with the pram, put a doll in the bouncer, swing and play gym and gave the doll attention wen it cries. Now when the doll cries she comes lookin 4 me to tell me haha. It all Sounds crazy I know but I don’t want her to be dropped with a bomb shell start of June !

  5. Liz April 14, 2011 at 2:41 pm #

    Chloe, I don’t think it sounds crazy! I’m right there with you. You could probably give us some good advice from your experience. :)