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Hi,

I have a 1 yr old golden retriever Simba.
He is my baby :)!He sleeps with me and DH in our room but on the bed on the floor.We have taught him that our bed is off limits since I got pregnant and he has settled down happily in his new bed.

Now I am expecting our first baby and we are planning to keep the baby in the same bedroom for atleast 6 months.
DH is concerned that dog hair,dander etc will be harmful for the newoborn baby so we would need to put him outside our room till we move the baby to the nursery.

I am feeling very sad thinking that Simba will need to be out of our bedroom :no:

My parents would be coming to help us later and they love dogs so we are thinking of making him sleep with them instead.
But I am used to getting up in the middle of the night and petting him and also we have early morning petting/cuddling sessions that I am going to miss :(:(.

Any thoughts on how to do this transition so that its least painful for him?
Should we start making him sleep outside from now itself?But he would have to sleep on his own coz parents won't be able to come until delivery.
I still have about 4 months before the baby comes home.

Also,is it ok to keep him in the same room with us and the baby?
Any inputs from experienced parents is appreciated!

Thanks
 

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i wouldn't change a thing.Kids that grow up with animal has much less allergies than others. If baby noises will bother Simba he will find a place to sleep in his own.
 

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Yep, I agree...
 

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Awww, congrats!!

One thing, if you DO decide to have Simba sleep in a different room because of the baby, I would start transitioning him long before the baby comes. I'm not for sure but I don't want him to have any bad thoughts about the baby. You know what I mean? I don't want him to think the baby is bad because he has to sleep in a different room.

I'm bad at explaining and not even sure if I'm right.
 

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I would not make the dog sleep elsewhere. If you brush /groom your dog, the dander should be negligible. My kids all grew up with dogs everywhere they were (in our room) and now my grandkids have their goldens with them in the same room. No one is allergic or has asthma. (I do but it's not the dog's fault and I would never make my dogs sleep elsewhere)
If you are the one who is close to your dog, please be her advocate. I would be concerned of issues if you move the dog out and Simba senses the baby has taken her place.
 

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That dander he is exposed to as a baby supposedly lessens allergies later in life. My baby boy is 6 months old and has been with the dogs, supervised, his whole life. They used to be blocked from the living room, but not for hair, for giant feet and swinging tails. They sleep in my room and so does Nic, no ill effects.
 

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I would be concerned of issues if you move the dog out and Simba senses the baby has taken her place.
YES... that's what I was going for with my post. I just have a hard time putting my thoughts into the right words sometimes. :doh:
 

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I had a golden/lab when my son was born. When we brought him home from the hospital, she immediately laid next to his bassinet and claimed him as her boy. They grew up together and adored each other. She was a year old when I brought my son home.
 

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there is some good evidence out there that keeping babies too sterile and away from all possible "germs" early in life may increase risks of allergies. If you have doubts, maybe you could ask a doctor specializing in childhood allergies about this,

but nope, I wouldn't change a thing either :)
 

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Tell hubby to get over it. Just wait until that baby is crawling and gets covered in dog hair! HAHAHAHA! Or when the pacifier drops on the floor and baby puts it back in it's mouth before you can wash it. :p:
Putting the dog out of the picture may cause more harm than good. Keep them together - supervised of course and they will be the best of friends.
 

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i wouldn't change a thing.Kids that grow up with animal has much less allergies than others. If baby noises will bother Simba he will find a place to sleep in his own.
I've read this as well. We always joke about how much dog hair our daughter and granddaughter swallowed while growing up.
 

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My kid puts dog toys in his mouth (the dogs put his toys in their mouths too. ALL toys get washed daily but hell what am I supposed to do?), is routinely covered in as much dog hair as I am, and co slept in the same bed with me for four months- with a dog. So... clearly I see no reason to give the dog the boot.

These sum up my thoughts on the matter. Too bad I don't have the ones of Rigby kissing his face on this new laptop :curtain:
 

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We let our dog Hunter stay sleeping in our room (and bed) when we had our son. He was in a bassinett in our room for a few weeks and Hunter never bothered him.
 

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I am not a child person so I will let the others advise you there. I think I agree with there advice I am reading though.

However the other thing to consider is how your dog will feel being put out and the baby taking 'his place'. Just like if you had a child now, you can't really "change" your behavior because of the new addition. It can build resentment in human children and canine.

Now it could be your dog may choose to stay in the other room while your parents are there on it's own. I find my dogs get "uncomfortable" around small children at first. They are not used to them and I think the sense how fragile they are. Just allow adjustments from your dog too, all will be fine and your dog and child will be best of friends!
 

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i and my siblings have been around animals our whole lives. My cousins parents thought animals were dirty dirty things that belonged outside. Guess who has horrible allergies? :)
Let your dog stay. The doggie germs will be good for your baby, and your dog won't resent your kid.
 

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My kids also slept in own room for the first few months and we never moved the dogs or the cats out of our room. I love the baby and dog pictures .... so cute.
 
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