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Old Aug 26th, 2012, 17:00 PM   1
DaisyAnne
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People with dogs...baby furniture


So, I'm trying to figure out baby furniture situation. I was planning on having a bassinet in our room and the pack and play in the living room (so I'd have a place to put baby that is away from the dogs for naps or when I have to run to the bathroom or do dishes, etc.). I'm not comfortable putting the bouncer up on tables or counter tops...

Anyhow, we ended up finding the bassinet parts to the pack and play and decided we could put it up in our room instead of the bassinet. Do you think I should just get a separate bassinet and keep the pack n play in the LR like planned, or maybe get a baby swing in the living room- will that be guarded enough from our two doggies? (they are very good and won't really be an issue except for licking him too much). I'll be able to see him in his swing wherever I am on the first floor, with exception of the bathroom, but the dogs always follow me there anyhow.

Thanks, just trying to figure out what to buy or what not to buy!



 
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Old Aug 26th, 2012, 17:56 PM   2
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Leaving babies with doggies (no matter how gentle the dog is normally) is a gamble. I'm a bit cautious even though I've had dogs around all my LOs only because I know dogs don't understand that a baby isn't a puppy they can play with or prey they can "hunt". We don't plan on leaving our baby ANYWHERE unsupervised with the dog. The crib is right by the bathroom door and I will have the pack and play, swing and bouncy seat in the living room near where I sit on the couch. My cousin brought her baby to my baby shower and I know from my dogs reaction she will only lick him to death, she got a little hyper for my comfort so she spent some time on her outside runner and in her crate. I know I can't do that with my dog once LO is here but I can make sure she isn't left alone with him.



 
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Old Aug 26th, 2012, 18:01 PM   3
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Ugh, this issue has been a bone of contention between me and SO! We have two dogs, a German Shepherd and a Lab-Pit mix. They were both full-grown when we got together. He loves to "wrestle" with them and play really rambunctiously. As a result, they are not very calm dogs and are not very well trained at all. Dog training is pretty expensive, so right now we're at a place where we're just going to have to leave them outside for the majority of the time (which isn't going to make them behave any better!) but I don't know what else to do. He LIKES when they jump up on him so I haven't been able to convince him that that behavior needs to be trained out of them around kids.

So, no, I wouldn't trust my big dogs around an unsupervised baby, but others may have better-trained dogs!



 
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Old Aug 26th, 2012, 18:03 PM   4
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We kept the swing in the living room and didn't start using the pack n play until he outgrew the swing. I think your setup is fine. If you can see them together or the dogs follow you anyways, then I don't see an issue. Whenever I had to go to the bathroom or whatever, I'd just bring the dog with me. If that's what you're planning to do, it worked out fine for us.



 
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Old Aug 26th, 2012, 18:04 PM   5
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The baby will stop being exciting eventually to them so the swing should be fine, but maybe not riiiight away just the swing. Too much excitement all at once. I'm not uncomfortable with LO around dogs at all, I just know to respect that dogs need time to adjust before they can be the dogs we know again. You could see about borrowing one for a couple weeks until thry get used to the new sounds and you can teach them how to act around LO.



 
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Old Aug 26th, 2012, 18:08 PM   6
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Ugh, this issue has been a bone of contention between me and SO! We have two dogs, a German Shepherd and a Lab-Pit mix. They were both full-grown when we got together. He loves to "wrestle" with them and play really rambunctiously. As a result, they are not very calm dogs and are not very well trained at all. Dog training is pretty expensive, so right now we're at a place where we're just going to have to leave them outside for the majority of the time (which isn't going to make them behave any better!) but I don't know what else to do. He LIKES when they jump up on him so I haven't been able to convince him that that behavior needs to be trained out of them around kids.

So, no, I wouldn't trust my big dogs around an unsupervised baby, but others may have better-trained dogs!
Oh I hate that! Hopefully he smartens up soon and sees how dangerous that can be! We had a doberman "trained" like that too, took me moooonths to get her to stop biting me. Playfully, but when it's a dog that big even playful hurts. Good luck! Cesar Millan is a huge help, download some of his dvds if you need help training them.



 
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Old Aug 26th, 2012, 18:20 PM   7
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We've put baby gates up in the living room and have evicted the dogs from there an our bedroom now so that they are used to not being allowed in there once LO is here, although I know my dogs are softies, our yorkie won't be big enough to see over her bouncer but the malamute is still only a pup and likes to give everyone his paw which is massive and heavy so we've chosen not to risk it



 
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Old Aug 26th, 2012, 19:06 PM   8
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We've gota Rottweiler. He's soft as putty but it's just his size and bouncy nature that worry me.

He's not allowed upstairs anyway so that isn't an issue for us, and I'm getting a safety gate to separate our two lounge areas, so if i need to do something where i can't see them both, i have peace of mind knowing they are in seperate rooms. We will probs be able to take the gate away when he gets used to her but I know he will be very excited and curious for the first while



 
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Old Aug 26th, 2012, 19:49 PM   9
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Leaving babies with doggies (no matter how gentle the dog is normally) is a gamble. I'm a bit cautious even though I've had dogs around all my LOs only because I know dogs don't understand that a baby isn't a puppy they can play with or prey they can "hunt". We don't plan on leaving our baby ANYWHERE unsupervised with the dog. The crib is right by the bathroom door and I will have the pack and play, swing and bouncy seat in the living room near where I sit on the couch. My cousin brought her baby to my baby shower and I know from my dogs reaction she will only lick him to death, she got a little hyper for my comfort so she spent some time on her outside runner and in her crate. I know I can't do that with my dog once LO is here but I can make sure she isn't left alone with him.
Since the kitchen is open to the living room, I will be able to see him when I'm in the living room or kitchen (as I said in my post)- and that's all we have on the first floor. I more mean that I'm looking for something to keep him up off the floor so he'll be away from the licking, lol! Especially if he's trying to nap, I don't want the dogs to be able to wake him up so easily.

No worries, I am a responsible dog owner, and I happen to have 2 very good and obedient dogs. I've had lots of dogs and trained dogs my entire life, and know how much you should trust- I've already started prepping them for our baby, and it will take a little time for them to learn how to act appropriately around baby- and obviously I'm going to use caution and supervision- it's my baby boy we're talking about here! I can already see that in the beginning, it's going to be hard to be away from my baby, let alone leaving them alone together. I just feel like I need to defend myself against those comments, because it makes it seem like something it's not.



 
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Old Aug 26th, 2012, 20:10 PM   10
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We have a "portable" swing that's pretty low to the ground. I wouldn't leave the baby unattended with either of our dogs (one is a rescue and one we've had since he was a puppy), and I know they make those portable, foldable gates. I will probably get one of those and put it around the swing when we choose to put the baby in it and keep the dogs away from him at the same time.

Something like this, but I'd probably just do a half circle coming out from the wall so it's not a full circle like that in the middle of the room http://www.target.com/p/superyard-xt...gpa=pla&ci_kw=

We plan on getting a baby gate with a "door" in the middle that only a human could open (it's latched) for the baby's room. I don't want to ban the dogs from the room but I do not want them to have access to it while the baby is in there by himself. I don't want to make the baby "forbidden" cause I think that'll just make them scared of the baby and they'll never learn to cohabitate.



 
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