Bringing a new pet home will present some challenges if your child is afraid of animals. This article shares 4 tips for introducing new pets and children. No matter the reasons, there are almost always concerns when it comes to new pets and children. It takes some adjusting. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to make the transition go smoothly.
Following are some tips for introducing new pets and children you can use to help:
1. Take it Slow
As a parent, you know that having a family pet can be a wonderful and rewarding experience. Yet if animals scare your child then they may not share that sentiment. So, we recommend that you begin by warming your child up to the idea of having a pet. Don’t push the idea, start slow. For a young child, choosing a stuffed animal “pet” he/she can take care of might help your child get used to the idea. Reading fun books about pets is another way to encourage your child to see pet care in a new light.
2. Involve Your Child in the Process
Be sure to involve your child as much as possible when it’s time to bring a new pet home. Have fun choosing a name together, or if the pet already has a name, then let your child make up a cute nickname. Let your child help pick out the treats, leash, water dish, toy, and whatever else the new pet needs. Having such responsibilities will help eradicate your child’s fear. Besides, it will also make them feel more in control of the situation.
3. Think Safety First
Many parents worry that their new pet will harm their child, especially if it’s an infant. This very rarely happens. You shouldn’t have any problems if the new pet is not aggressive. We recommend that you allow your new pet to become acquainted with your child. If you have an infant, let the pet look and sniff so it can become familiar with the baby’s scent. Generally, cats and dogs don’t want to harm the baby. They are generally curious about them. With this said, we recommend that you still supervise the new pet when it is in the same room as your children. Cats may try to snuggle baby in the crib. Large dogs may jump up to get a closer look, so there’s a risk of them knocking over the infant carrier. So, you should keep the baby’s door closed during nap time.
4. Create Pet-Free Zones if Needed
If your child is still uncomfortable, even after you feel like you have tried everything, then it would be a good idea to create a pet-free zone. This can be a room or area in your house so your child can have a break from the pet if needed. You should give your child time, soon he/she will overcome their fear and you will all be able to enjoy your new pet.
In conclusion, children and pets have lived in the same home without any issues or safety concerns for ages. With time, your new pet will become loyal to your child and your child will overcome their fear of animals. You will have to take certain things into consideration to make the transition go as smooth as possible. I hope this article provides you with tips for introducing new pets and children to help you along your journey. If you are looking for more general information on bringing a new pet home check out this article. And now that your children have found a new love for their pet check out our children’s shop where I am sure you will find them something to enjoy. If you enjoyed the article and want to make sure you never miss out on new posts or specials subscrib below.