Bringing a new baby or preemie home to a family that includes dogs? Here’s a bonding trick.
Take a clean piece of cloth, a wash cloth, or maybe use a worn out NICU shirt they are going to throw away… one for each dog, and shortly before the baby goes home, ask the nurse to put it in the crib, next to the baby. If it’s a shirt, put it on the baby.
Then carry it home in a plastic bag to insure the baby’s smell is strong, and one by one, give each dog in the family a treat, pet him, talk lovingly to him and then give him the shirt to smell. Then put it into the dog’s bed.
Repeat this for each dog. They will then bond with the baby before it comes home.