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When you have babies and pets living in the same home, you will want to make sure to create a safe space for them to live. Pets need their personal space just as much as babies need their space.
Ever since Ailey first noticed our cat, Mcmuffin, she’s found him fascinating. We all laugh at the noise she makes when she sees him, or any other cat, and the way she reaches her tiny fingers out to call him over. From my parents’ old beagle to our humorous tabby cat, to my brother’s fat kitty and hyper puppy, she chases after animals with wonder and giggles daily. Thankfully, the family pets are so sweet to her, even when she finds it hilarious to pull their tails and poke them in the eye.
Pets and babies can be a dangerous duo if the proper precautions aren’t taken. I don’t mean that they’re going to get into trouble together, because that’s inevitable. Sometimes animals and babies aren’t going to get along, so it’s important that each has his/her own safe space to avoid any conflicts or problems (i.e. baby thinks kitty’s toys belong to her).
Step 1 – Keep your pets food out of your childs’ reach.
Some animals become territorial of their eats (rightly so), and may accidentally scratch or bite a sneaky hand. For dry food, we’ve been giving Muffin Purina® ONE® Cat Tender Selects Salmon. With 100% nutrition, zero fillers and real meat rich in protein, Purina ONE food is all your cat needs for every day and every stage of life. Real meat, poultry or fish is the #1 ingredient in dry formulas (except UTH formula).
Step 2 – Make sure your pet has a safe place to relax.
We keep Muffin’s bed and toys as far away from Ailey as possible. She likes to put his little mice in her mouth (gross) and he’s been known to give her a swat if she runs off with his feather birds.
Step 3 – Give your baby her own place to play and snack.
Some people have playrooms, some people prefer to go outside. Where ever you are going to place your little one to play, give her a basket of toys, a cozy place to sit, and keep the animals afar. We keep Ailey’s toys separate from the dog and cat toys because of germs and also any confusion between baby/animal.
Step 4 – Keep pets away while your little one is snacking. Babies should be able to focus on their food without worrying it will be taken out of their hands.
As far as our cat and people food go, he isn’t really interested. However, my parents dog is always looking for a handout and will snatch a cookie right out of Ailey’s hand any chance she gets. Gerber® New Organic Gluten Free Honey Flavored Biscuits, are made especially for toddlers by expert bakers in Italy. These biscuits are easy to chew with just the right texture, and the perfect size for a puppy to steal. They are free from artificial colors and preservatives and do not contain any genetically engineered ingredients.
Gerber Graduates Strawberry Yogurt Melts Freeze-Dried Yogurt & Fruit Snacks are another tasty snack I watch Ailey eat. They are made with real yogurt and fruit and a good source of Vitamins A, C, and E.
Step 5 – Encourage a positive relationship between baby and pet.
Don’t be afraid to let your baby and pet hang out together. We let Ailey give Muffin a little piece of cat food so he knows she isn’t always out to harrass him. We’ve seen this small act build trust between both of our girls and the cat.
Both Purina and Gerber products can be found at Target stores.
Every parent thinks their baby is the next “Gerber baby” and every year Gerber parents anxiously await the announcement of the next Baby Search. The Gerber Photo Search began on 9/13/17 and ends 10/27/17. You can enter by posting a photo of your child on Instagram using the hashtag #GerberPhotoSearch2017. People can enter up to 10 times and the grand prize is $50,000, which you can use towards your child’s college education.
There is something to be said about a cute baby with their furry friend. This year you can enter your favorite photos into the Giggles And Wiggles Purina/Gerber contest. Each week there are six winners of Giggles and Wiggles $500 cash prize packs, a 1 year supply of baby food, and a 1 year supply of Purina pet food. All entries should be placed on Instagram with both hashtags: #GerberPhotoSearch2017 and #GerberGigglesandWiggles.
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Legal residents of the 50 United States (D.C.) and Puerto Rico, who are 18 years of age or older, have a valid Instagram account and/or email address, and are parents of a child 48 months of age or younger and meet certain background check requirements. Enter search by: 11:59:59 pm ET on 10/27/17. For Official Rules, including eligibility and entry requirements, judging criteria and prize descriptions, visit www.Gerber.com/photosearch2017/rules. Void where prohibited.
Don’t forget to check out Purina and Gerber at Target and enter your cuties in the Giggles and Wiggles contest. I hope to see some of your babies and furry friends!