Pets should not be allowed in close proximity to babies and toddlers

Pets should not be allowed in close proximity to babies and toddlers
I find it unacceptable to have a little baby or toddler stand too close by to a dog or cat or worse, be allowed to touch it without supervision. However I see this often, sometimes even promoted on videos which are supposed to be cute. I get really frightened to see this because at the end of the day this is an animal which might act in a way that could harm the child, even if it does not mean to. I am sure that every owner loves his or her pet, and it is also a part of the family. But this does not mean that it should be allowed very near to a newborn or toddler. Child safety first and foremost!



It depends

I think it depends on the animals in question, but yes, it is taking a chance and babies don't know any better they could upset the dog or cat and not know it. My pets were never agressive with my son when he was little, but some could be.
Posted by kgord on 01-11-2018

You Have To Be Careful

I think that when it comes to this issue it is better to be safe than sorry. When the child is a toddler, depending on the disposition of the animal, then maybe they can play together, but babies under three or four years old should not be around animals who have the potential to react to them aggressively and therefore hurt them. I have heard horror stories about this, and sometime small children can accidentally trigger the gentlest of animals and cause them to lash out. It's just not worth the risk, in my poinion.
Posted by JoeMilford on 01-21-2018

Strongly agree

Toddlers should not be allowed near animals. Especially dogs. They are dangerous and can bite the child. Parents will find it cute to see the baby and the pet together. But do you think the dog thinks your child is cute? Does the dog know how to handle babies? Don't you know your child is seeing the dog as a talking doll and not a real animal?

I think it is the parents who enjoy the scene and the child gains nothing. It is wrong to put toddlers near animals.

Posted by mildredtabitha on 01-18-2018

It all depends

Many dogs are trained well. There are dogs that could be with the baby. I saw lots of videos about the dog and the baby and they are very good together. If the dog is well trained and maintained very well,then no reason to let them stay away from the family.
Posted by mark86 on 10-08-2018

Pets should not be allowed

I agree with this. Animals can be hostile anytime. Its better to put our kids into safety.
Posted by jeffreyjose48 on 10-05-2018


I don't care how clean you think your pets are but babies are too precious to be near furry, non-bathing -everyday animals. What if babies accidentally grabs a hair and swallow it without you knowing? I personally would not even take a chance. He could have a pet when he is much older.
Posted by emiaj55 on 12-18-2018



Why would your baby be unsupervised?

It does depend on the animal, but I assume we're talking about cats and dogs here, not anacondas and lions lol. I have no problem leaving my child with our dog, he was there before my son was born and my dogs sees my kid as part of the pack. My son will go up to my 12 year old dog and pet him if he can, if my dog doesn't want to be pet he just stands up and goes on the couch where he knows my son can't reach him... yet.

My dog would never intentionally hurt my child, and I would never leave my child unattended, because he's a child lol. Now, if my son was older and smacking my dog in the face as hard as he could, then I'd yell at my kid even after he got bit.

If you can't have your baby in the same room as your dog or cat, then maybe you shouldn't have had one of them in the first place.

Posted by Razzy on 01-13-2018

It depends on how disciplined your pet is.

We have an 8-month old baby at this time and he's always surrounded with our two dogs. He usually plays with them but they have never harmed our baby. Sometimes, when my baby wants to play with the dogs and the dogs are not in the mood to play, they will be the ones to leave and adjust because my baby is now crawling and all over the place. I think it really depends on how you discipline your pet and how you introduce them to babies and/or toddlers.
Posted by MiaManimbo on 08-24-2018

No harm if you are around

I don't think there is any harm in keeping the small children close to your pet if you or someone else is around them. Pets are very intelligent and usually very gentle with the children. Proper hygiene of the pets must be maintained if they roam around very small children. If you notice that the pet is having some problem and is restless or is getting overly aggressive then its always better to keep them away from the children on such occasions.
Posted by jpk0007 on 10-25-2018


I think it depends on the animal. Some animals are extremely sweet and love children, since other animals can not have that freedom. I think this closeness between the child and the animal can be very important for the child's growth. But it's always good to have an adult around.
Posted by hermessantos on 01-11-2018
According to some studies, pets when introduced to toddlers can actually strengthen the child’s immune systems, keep them healthier, and lower their chances of developing allergies in the future. But it doesn’t mean that we will let our babies and toddlers play or cuddle the pets alone. We still have to be watchful and alert.
Posted by eavalderama on 01-12-2018
I have 3 kids and I never let any pets of ours go near them. They might have allergies or skin asthma to fur, and worse is if they might be bitten. Who knows? It's better to be safe and careful for your kids' welfare. Kids are playful too like animals especially dogs. They might act in a way animals would take it differently and might hurt them out of defense. Rabies is also something to consider.
Posted by tiffiecute on 01-12-2018
You are damn right. These pets carry infections and bacteria. Even if one keeps his or her pets quite clean but still they are animals. Secondly, kids especially the toddlers below 5 years of age are quite sensitive and fragile in terms of getting diseases. Moreover, the animals are animals after all. You never know when an animal might behave extraordinarily.
Posted by muaaz.93 on 01-12-2018
I am a dog lover but I wouldn’t tolerate my dogs being near babies or toddlers. We have to understand that animals are not appropriate for little children much more for infants because they are not as clean as humans. Even a person who is sweaty and looking dirty is not allowed to carry a baby so that should also apply to animals. Think of the potential disease that the pet could give the little child. Just to be sure of your child’s health, don’t let any of your pets be near him.
Posted by Corzhens on 01-12-2018
Parents should be watching their child with their pet. Not just because the pet may be dangerous for the child, but children don't understand what they are doing and can pull the dog's ears or tail. That may hurt the dog and the dog turns on the child. Most dogs are okay with children and would never hurt them at least not on purpose. So it depends on the dog really. If the dog is strong then both child and dog needs supervision, but if the dog is gentle and placid then it would probably be okay to leave them alone for a short time.
Posted by JMS on 01-13-2018
I would definitely never allow any dog near a toddler/baby. I've never seen or heard of cats harming a toddler, but I would still try to keep them away. I love animals but I can't say I trust them very much. I've heard too many horror stories of various pet animals harming/killing their owners.
Posted by alexd on 01-13-2018
If you have a moody, sometimes aggressive pet? Then I'd say keep it away from the children. But if your pet is normally friendly and isn't a huge dog or something, then I don't see any harm in allowing a baby or toddler near it from time to time.
Posted by NickJ on 01-13-2018
Yes its true. It all depends on the dog and how they raised it. Some dogs are well trained and behave well so these kind of dogs are could be stay with the baby but those stray dogs and not maintained very well are obviously not. Dogs love babies and they are very happy with the new addition in the family.
Posted by mark86 on 10-08-2018
Pets are like our families, however, they are animals after all and they do not use their brain much. They might have unpredictable behavior. When pet acts strange, they might be dangerous. Therefore, I will never let my baby hand with pets while not being attended by his parents or babysitter. Furthermore, there is also a gander associated with swalloing pets' hairs.
Posted by vinaya on 01-15-2018
It is important for every parent that has a pet dog not to allow their babies to go near this dog because no matter how nice these dog are it can decide to bite the baby if it finds the play of the baby with him irritating to him.
Posted by babyright on 01-15-2018
Certainly, I can't leave my baby with my pet,it doesn't make sense to me.Animals would still be animals no matter how well trained they're.we can't just certified them okay for our babies,no way.will keep my pet far away from my babies unless I'm around.
Posted by lovely on 01-18-2018
If you're confident about the hygiene of your pet then I think this is not an issue. But I personally wouldn't prepare getting our pets close to a toddler. These animals are still animal and we don't know how they think. So just for the sake of safety of our beloved babies I don't want any pet to get any close to a baby.
Posted by gavinci13 on 02-26-2018
Right. just wait until three yrs and up maybe. aside from the possible germs or bacteria coming from your pets, dogs only fallow the alpha inside their territories , and they know the babies are not strong enough to fallow or obey and they will get irritated immediately and the worst thing is, there's a big possibilities that they will bite the babies if they get irritated.
Posted by ion on 02-28-2018
Right. just wait until three yrs and up maybe. aside from the possible germs or bacteria coming from your pets, dogs only fallow the alpha inside their territories , and they know the babies are not strong enough to fallow or obey and they will get irritated immediately and the worst thing is, there's a big possibilities that they will bite the babies if they get irritated.
Posted by ion on 02-28-2018
I do agree that animals should never be left close to a baby or a child of a very young age because of the reason that it's an animal. Animals can be good pets specially dogs but we can't possibly know 100 petcent what they would do because they are not completely intelligent that's why their animals in the first place.
Posted by Kakashi2020 on 04-16-2018
The question is not really the intelligence of animals particularly the dogs. I believe that there are dogs that are intelligent enough to even take care of toddlers as company. The main issue with pets is their being animals which is against the hygiene. Take for instance the dogs, their saliva has a kind of acid that it can cause skin irritation not to mention that some dogs have rabies and also can spread diseases.
Posted by Corzhens on 04-24-2018
In my opinion pets should not be allowed to be close to babies because apart from the unexpected danger or harm they can cause, it can also transmit to babies certain bacterias that human should not have. As a result, babies could get sick. No matter how trained these pets are, there are still instances that they bite. So better not put babies at risk especially that they cannot protect themselves yet.
Posted by mdayrit on 10-04-2018
I choose to agree in this. Animals can bite our kids. Its better to separate them from the animals. They might be bitten by the dog. We are not sure of animal's mind.
Posted by jeffreyjose48 on 10-05-2018
At some point I agree but, in some other ways I don't... in short it depends. But this post has good point and I know that the baby's safeness is the primary consideration in this topic. Why I said that it depends? It is because there are pets like dogs or cats which aren't much aggressive. If I have the trust to my pets and I know him very well that he will do nothing any harm to my baby then I will probably allow my pet to touch or to go near my baby. Yes, they look very cute and I want to see like that. But of course, that'll only happens if I'm around with them because if my pet gets angry or mad there will be might a risk to my baby. Supervision is still the best thing, but letting your pet touch your baby is also fine.
Posted by mitan143 on 10-15-2018
I am not sure about that, as I am not really familiar with dogs. I have seen some dogs that are really tame and it seems like they can also take good care of young kids. I think it really depends on the dog. I used to let my son play with our dog when he is about 2 years old, but I am still there with them even though I don't think my dog would hurt him on purpose, but accident might still happen. Even though without the dog, I don't think I'll let my 2 year old son play alone without me being nearby.
Posted by kaka135 on 10-24-2018
You are right that it depends on the kind of dog because there are dogs that are very affectionate with children and they can even take care of the toddler just like what the dogs do with the horses in the farm. But I wouldn’t bet on having a dog near a baby just to be safe and sure because a baby is delicate and we don’t really know if the dog is clean. What if the dog is contaminated by a disease? That would be disastrous for the bay and the dog will be blamed.
Posted by Corzhens on 12-15-2018
I have mixed feelings about this. I have seen pets that are really good with children especially toddlers.I have also seen pets that have maimed and killed toddlers. The thing with pets especially dogs is that you don't know what will trigger them to harm the kid. They child could pull their tail or ears and the pet could react badly. I think that you should not leave the pet and toddler alone together. Make sure that there is always someone to supervise them.
Posted by jaymish on 12-16-2018