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I've got a little less than 8 months to prepare. What do I need to know? We're planning a homebirth--any way to know how the pup will react to labor/birth? He won't be in the room for the birth, <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> and someone will be able to let him outside, etc. but should we expect him to freak out...try to get to me...be oblivious to the whole affair...what?<br><br>
And, what's the best way to introduce him to the baby? I'm leaning towards thinking that I *shouldn't* make a big deal of an introduction and just act like the baby's always been here.<br><br>
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Yes, exactly that. And get all the baby stuff set up as soon as possible. You don't want the dog to be all stressed with new furniture and a new baby all at the same time. Use baby lotion and baby shampoo on yourselves, and wipe things around the house with baby wipes so he gets used to the smells. If you will be using disposable diapers, lay some of them around the house too.
 

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I found my dogs acted differently when I was in labour - the clueless one was as clueless as usual, but the smarter one was really interested in calmly being beside me.<br><br>
They were kept in the kitchen and outside during my labour, and I got transferred to the hospital. When I got back and they were let into the rest of the house, they went crazy smelling everywhere, smelling all the birth smells.<br><br>
IME dogs and newborns are fine, except I found I had zero energy for my dogs as I was so overwhelmed with the baby. Dogs and toddlers require a bit more intervention.<br><br>
Congratulations! Good luck!
 

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I plan on getting my dog used to the car seat in the car way before baby is here. Probably even putting a doll in there so he learns to ignore it. (he rides in the car obviously)
 

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My 80 lb german shepherd was at our apt for the homebirth, she was very interested in checking if I was ok, but others kept shooing her out of the room. By that point I was in no state to care, but looking back on it I do wish that she had been allowed in to see me. There were other family members with her in the other room, but she seemed nervous. After the birth, she would follow whoever was holding the baby around the house, very keen on sniffing her. I know we had a bassinet up a month or so before DD was born, but really, nothing else. I heard a tip once to rinse babys feet and hands in the dogs water bowl to help them adjust, but we didnt do this. I would say just be calm/excited about the baby, and keep a close eye on dog after your baby is born. Oh, and make sure she meets your midwife or whoever will be assisting you!
 

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EdlynsMom said:
My 80 lb german shepherd was at our apt for the homebirth, she was very interested in checking if I was ok, but others kept shooing her out of the room.
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Oh, I will be so pissed if this happens at my birth! We've been referring to Cody alternately as the midwife-dog or the nanny-dog for months (I'm due in May). She's gotten very clingy since I've been pg and increasingly so in the past few weeks. I'm very excited by the idea of having my dog there for the birth. I've been told by some of the mamas on the cosleeping forum that female dogs tend to be better with birth and babies than male dogs, and i wonder if that's why ours is being so sensitive (despite the name, Cody is a girl-dog).<br><br>
I gotta remeber to talk to my midwives and MIL about absolutely not shooing the dog away. I'm more likely to shoo the midwives away than the dog personally...
 

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We have two dogs, and did a cross-country move three days before I gave birth. I had had all of the baby's stuff set up in the old house, but not so much in the new. I just acted like she had been there forever, and let them "check her out" (with me holding her obviously) like they would anything I brought into the house, and it turns out that they are GREAT with her, and almost protective of her if anyone else is around. One of my dogs (a terrier mix) will sit down right next to the baby - facing away - when she is playing on the floor, as if she is on the LOOKOUT.<br><br>
Sometimes animals are surprising.... Good luck!
 

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I just want to add that our dog is WONDERFUL with the baby and has been since her birth (not a homebirth, though). At first he didn't show much interest in her (just sort of sniffed at her on ocassion), but once she began noticing him (at about two months) the two fell in love. He's actually been a great help with dd--when she gets fussy and nothing will do, he comes running in the room and jumping around which distracts her and usually really cheers her up (she'll go from crying to a big smile when she sees him). He's the best nanny-dog we could ask for <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><br><br>
The only problem we've encountered so far is a new "toy" issue where the baby wants anything the dog is playing with and the dog wants anything the baby is playing with and both will get upset if they don't get it (we don't want them to share toys because everything seems to end up in their mouths and we are concerned about germs, etc.). Actually one of these days I want to start a thread on that to see what other people have done.<br><br>
But that has been the only challenge. Otherwise, the dog has been a lifesaver and I don't know what we'd do without him <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Thank you for your stories, they make me feel better. (I guess I have to find something else to worry about now. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 
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