Gemma Atkinson has spoken out about letting her dogs near baby Mia. The mum wanted to prove that it can be safe to let your furry friends near baby, once you take the necessary precautions.
The new mum posted a series of videos on Instagram, showing how calm her dogs are around her darling daughter.
Gemma said she is often asked how Norman and Ollie are with Mia and how they were introduced.
The mum said introducing her dogs to baby Mia was an important thing to do, “The first 3 slides here was the day after I came home from hospital. We sent home one of Mia’s baby grows for them to smell before we arrived and I knew they would jump up at me excited as they hadn’t seen me for almost a week, so I protected my stitches with my pillow, had 5 mins alone greeting them which I loved after being in hospital.
“Then we lay Mia in her carry cot with her net on to allow them to smell her without getting too close. After 10 mins I then held Mia and allowed them to do the same. Mia slept the whole time and within 15 mins of them realising she wouldn’t do anything the boys were bored,” she laughed.
“The rest as they say is history! They have accepted Mia as the new pack member. They sit with me when feeding her, follow whoever is carrying her around the house, Norman even sleeps next to her cot upstairs,” she revealed.
“The love I have for Norman & Ollie I can’t even put into words. Before Mia and Gorka they were here with me through everything. Unknowingly helping me through so much and just making my life fun and happy. Like all dogs do really,” Gemma gushed.
The mum said having a dog can be hugely beneficial for a child.
“This is how it works for us. I grew up with dogs. Our first dog Fergie came along when I was 18 months old and from an early age taught me a little bit of responsibility with helping make her food and take her for walks.
“She also made a wonderful cuddle buddy too. I’m sure in time Mia will annoy them when she’s crawling around wanting to play but the patience and calmness they have around her makes me quite emotional. They are beautiful souls and make our family that extra bit special,” the doting mum added.
We adore how honest and real Gemma’s posts are. We’re sure this one will keep the mum-shamers quiet.