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25 February 2011 @ 10:04 pm
 
I'm due in about three weeks. Can anyone give me advice on introducing my bostons to my newborn? Also, my dogs have always slept in the bed with me. I plan on having a bassinet (very tall and sturdy) in the bedroom with me. At this point, I don't want the dogs to sleep in the bed with me until I move the baby to her own room at about 8 weeks (hopefully!)
How should I start transitioning the dogs to either sleeping in their crate or in another room? I know its not fair to them and I should have started much earlier, but we had to move cross country for the military and it was a huge stress on them already.

help!!!
 
 
 
Nancieeicnan on February 26th, 2011 03:22 am (UTC)
I had my husband bring home things the baby wore (was in the hospital for about a week, complications) and he let our boston smell the clothes. When we brought our son home I walked in the door first without the baby so he could greet me and hopefully not see the baby as a threat.

We never kicked our dog out of the bed. Although with just one there were probably less chances of rough housing accidents than you might encounter. My son seemed safe in the crib next to our bed. I would even pull him in to our bed on occasion with the dog still there. I said I'd never nap with the baby in our bed but when the reality hits and you want sleep so bad you do what you have to do. I would create barriers around the baby and while you should always error on the side of caution you'd be amazed at how delicate bostons (note not all) can be around a baby. Mine will no longer jump on my side of the bed in case the baby is there. He always jumps up from my husband's side now and that was self taught, we never tried to train him that.
Alanalook_its_alana on February 26th, 2011 03:52 am (UTC)
While I have no experience with kids and dogs (just dogs!) as long as your BTs don't have any underlying attachment issues, they should have no troubles sleeping in another room right away. Just make sure they have a doggie bed (mine LOVES blanket throws too!) and quiet toys/chewies if they need to be entertained.

If they're already crate trained, it shouldn't be too hard at all, as they (should) already like their crate. Again, it depends on your BTs attachment/separation anxiety. Our older BT didn't seem to have cared at all when we stopped them from sleeping in the bed, but our younger BT mix had some troubles since she was attached at the hip all the time. But after a week or so she stopped the whimpering and just goes to sleep when we tell her it's bed time.

PS: Congrats to you and your hubs!
Trishtranslucentpink on February 26th, 2011 04:19 pm (UTC)
My Bostons did really well with my son and they sleep in bed with us (I co-sleep with my son). I've had very little issue and I didn't want to take the risk of forcing them to sleep in their crate or another room for fear they would start to resent the baby. Not having a man around has left plenty of room for all of us!
Kourtneylout_rampage on February 28th, 2011 03:42 am (UTC)
Congratulations! I'm due in 4 weeks! I don't really have any helpful info, since I'm in the same boat as you. Just wanted to say congrats and good luck with your BTs!