As anyone who has both "fur babies," and human babies can tell you, they don't always get along. If you were a pet mom first you know your furry friend probably feels left out now that you have a baby to love and care for. And babies aren't always friendly to the family pet, if only because they have no idea what "being friendly" means. While there are ways to help build a lasting bond between your pet and your baby, there also things even the most well-intentioned pet parents do that can accidentally ruin that bond.
For example, it can seem adorable to allow your cat to sleep in your baby's crib, or let your dog snuggle up on the floor with your little one. Until, that is, your pet wakes your baby up every time you manage to get your child to sleep. Your baby doesn't understand how fragile and persnickety your pet is, either, and your pet doesn't know what to make of this drooling, hairless human that grabs their fur and climbs on their back like a pony. So helping both your baby and your part facilitate a safe, loving, lasting relationship is important.
Every pet, every child, every family, and every situation is different, so helping your pet and your baby learn to love one another is going to depend on a variety of factors. But there are a few pitfalls you should avoid if you want them to eventually enjoy a bond that is sure to last a lifetime. So with that in mind, here's how some parents end up hurting that bonding process, and usually entirely by accident: