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HOW TO KEEP KIDS SAFE WITH PETS

You love your pets but you know it’s also important to keep your little ones safe from harm. Here are some tips to making sure you pets and children live together in harmony.

Introducing your bundle of joy to Felix or Fido is an exciting time for your child. However, your 1st priority is always to keep baby safe from harm, so what can you do to prevent accidents and keep everyone smiling?

Is your child ready for a pet?

A pet can help with a child’s development, teaching your little one responsibility, cleanliness and love. The child’s age and temperament is key to which kind of pet you choose to introduce them to, but you may also want to consider:

  • Is your child scared of any animals? Have you tried introducing them to friends’ or relatives’ pets? How did they react?

  • Is your child allergic to any animals? This is an important consideration before making your new pet part of the family
  • Do you have enough space? You may wish to keep a dog in a different room when you’re not able to supervise. Is your home big enough to do this?

Gently does it

Teaching baby to be gentle is the first step to making sure your child has a happy relationship with your pet. You might want to:

  • Show them how to pat pooch or kitty gently and not grab or pull their tail
  • Show them how to be gentle using a stuffed animal
  • Teach them to approach the animal carefully. Dogs and cats can behave strangely when frightened or startled
  • Make sure baby is never left alone with a dog. A dog could consider baby to be inferior to them in the pecking order and may not be as forgiving with a child as he is with you
  • Make sure baby is never left alone with a dog. A dog could consider baby to be inferior to them in the pecking order and may not be as forgiving with a child as he is with you 

Pet’s space vs baby’s space

You may want to keep your pet and baby apart initially – or even in the long term – especially if your baby is a little walker, determined to explore.

Investing in a tall pet gate or tall child gate is the best way to ensure safety at home while your tiny crawler is on the move. A door gate means that your pet feels more secure knowing they have their own space, and you have peace of mind knowing your child is safe.

For a door gate which is taller than the standard safety gates, try the Safety 1st Easy Close Extra Tall Safety Gate 

Our 1st priority is keeping your child safe, the rest is up to you ;-)

 

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