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WillowsMom
11th January 2008, 07:40 PM
Hi All!

I haven't posted much lately, but I was hoping there might be some other people out there that have had new babies with Cavs that can give me an idea what to expect. We're expecting our first child in March, and I'm a little concerned about how Willow is going to react. Right now, she's our baby - there's always a lap for her when she wants it (and she's not happy about the shrinking size of my lap with the increased belly already!) and she gets lots of attention. Now obviously, we're not going to start ignoring her when the baby comes, in fact we'll be around more, since currently we both work, and I'll be taking a year off to be with baby. But I'm worried that Willow will be jealous of the little one - is there anything we can do to make the transition easier for her? Given Willow's sweet temperment, and how much she likes kids already, I have no doubt she'll be a wonderful "older sister" as the child grows up - I'm mostly just worried about that initial transition and how to make that easier for everyone!

Any advice is welcome!

Thanks,
Krista

merlinsmum
11th January 2008, 08:17 PM
A friend of mine has two springers and she included them in everything they did before the baby arrived, for example they got the cot up, the baby's buggy and left them around so that the dogs were used to the "new" items around the house.

When the baby came home she let the "kids" have a good sniff etc just like the baby was a puppy. She also included them when doing stuff with baby like
" lets go change baby's nappy"
" lets take baby a walk"

so that the furkids felt (or so we assume) that they were helping and still being involved with everything - I think that is the point to remember ( I'm only guessing as I have only furkids of my own)

Karlin
11th January 2008, 08:21 PM
Congrats! :)

This should prove helpful I think: :)

http://www.diamondsintheruff.com/babyprep.html

I also have LOTS of links here:

http://board.cavaliertalk.com/showthread.php?t=9729

WillowsMom
11th January 2008, 09:27 PM
Thanks Karlin - losts of reading there for me - I thought I had seen a sticky somewhere on this, but I couldn't find it!

Krista

elaine181000
11th January 2008, 10:29 PM
I don't have any advice - just wanted to say CONGRATULATIONS! :)