New parents often wonder how their loving pet will react when the baby arrives. While there might be many risks associated with owning a pet while you have a child, many of these risks are easily avoidable by using proper supervision, pet training, and keeping common pet items out of reach of your child.
Doing so gives your child the amazing experience of growing up alongside their best friend. Keeping animals with babies may be a tedious process, but it’s worth it in the end. An animal can be a source of entertainment, a companion, and a great learning experience for your child. Here are just a few of the benefits to keeping your best friend around when the baby arrives:



What benefit to your child is there to raising animals with babies? Reducing stress, anxiety, and increasing their ability to socialize. Children who grow up around animals are often found to be more social, well liked, less withdrawn, and to suffer from anxiety less. It’s no wonder that animals are used to treat anxiety, animals give children to support and allow the child to find comfort when they were scared or anxious. You can look at how endearing an animal can be by watching funny animal videos for kids. These videos will give you a good indication of how close of a bond some children can have.



Raising an animal with your baby will increase your child’s ability to become a natural caregiver. While in less modern times, children would learn to care for others by looking after siblings, older grandparents, or working as a part-time sitter, modern times have begun limiting how much a child can take care of another. A pet is an excellent substitution that many children are thrilled to care for. A pet is also universally cared for by boys and girls, creating a nurturing opportunity for all children, equally.

An animal will increase your child’s health. Numerous studies have linked owning a pet to a reduction in common indoor and outdoor allergies. Children who grow up around a dog or cat develop fewer allergies to mites, dander, grasses, and dust than those who don’t have a pet. There is also a decreased chance for a child to develop asthma when playing with their favorite four-legged companion! It’s believed that routine exposure to small amounts of the irritant allow the child to naturally build a defense to the allergies.

There’s no mistaking the safety risk that comes from introducing children to animals. However, those risks can be minimized by being safe and following a few common tips.

Never allow a young child and animal to be unsupervised. No matter how well behaved an animal has been in the past, accidents can happen. Young children do not understand animal behavior and may trigger an animal to bite out of aggression or more commonly, defense. Supervising all animal play will allow you to stop a situation before it escalates.

Never allow a young child to play with an unknown animal. No matter if it’s a dog at the park or a loving stray that wandered into your yard, children should be kept separated from strange animals until the animal has been evaluated by a licensed veterinarian. This is to protect your child, not only from bites, but from parasites, diseases, and unknown pests that the animal may carry.

Keep pet food, water, and medications away from young children. It’s not just your pet that you need to keep an eye out for. Many things that your pet uses on a daily basis can cause harm to your child. Pet food can be toxic to young children, and pet water can contain germs that may cause stomach illnesses. Medications for your pet should be treated just like medication for humans and kept out of reach in a secure place.

No matter which decision you choose, you should always make the best decision for your child. Many homes have excellent reasons to avoid adopting an animal. The best choice for your family is one that considers your family’s time, healthy and capacity to care for an animal.


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