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How to introduce your pets to the new baby

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We had a cat when Henry was born. Somehow, I think the cat knew there would be big changes happening. Our second bedroom was being prepped, the nursery, furniture was coming in, and baby stuff was piling up.

I've heard some pet parents say they like to ease the transition by bringing something home that the baby has worn. This allows the pet to get used to the new scent before the baby arrives and the pet doesn't feel threatened.

When the baby does arrive home, show him or her off to the pet, letting the pet take a good look and sniffing.

It didn't take long at all for the cat to get used to Henry's presence. We were just careful to watch her around him.

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