1. Allow your cat or dog investigate the nursery once it is all set up. Make it clear that this is not your pet’s room and it is off limits unless he or she is invited. Spend some time in the nursery alone to let your pet know that you will be spending time in the room without them.
2. Begin playing a recording of baby noises around the house (particularly in the nursery), and reassure your pet that these sounds are safe and normal. When the sound of a baby crying happens in the recording, spend some time in the nursery. After a little while, turn down the volume so your pet understands the crying will eventually stop.
4. When mother and baby return home from the hospital, put the dog outside or cat in another room. Since your pet has not seen her in a few days, they could be very excitable. Once the baby is safely in the nursery, mom should spend some time with the pet so they can reacquaint themselves.