In addition, a study explains that having pets at home can teach children a sense of responsibility. Children with pets generally grow up with a sense of responsibility and compassion for others in adulthood. Because, generally, animals need love and attention at all times. They depend on humans to eat, play with and so on. Children who are active in raising their pets can grow up to be more empathetic and have great affection for others.
But behind all that, it should be wise if before deciding to choose a pet, several things are considered so that there is no harm to the animals that are kept and your family members. Especially if the baby is still very small, don’t let the idea of having a pet can endanger your little one or the pet you have.
Well, here are some tips for having a pet according to the child’s age.
At the age of babies, they generally do not have the ability to handle and be careful with pets. So if you have a pet when your child is just born, be careful not to let your beloved baby get hurt by a pet.
At this age, your little one is actively moving. Curiosity and anxieties towards foreign objects including pets may be driving him so much. So so, don’t let your little one hold the place to eat your favorite pet. Even if the animal you are pet is a fish in the aquarium, it is better to keep your little one out of these places.
Children over the age of 3-5 years
At the age of 3 to 5 years, children begin to learn to communicate and begin to have an empathetic attitude. So when you have a pet when the child is 3 to 5 years old, you can teach your little one to raise animals and feed pets. Your little one will certainly enjoy this one activity, so don’t hesitate to involve your little one in this activity.
Age above 5 years
So, entering the age of children over 5 years and over, children have started to show inconsistency. They will start to like keeping various pet animals such as guinea pigs, small fish to rabbits. In addition, at this age the child will become interested in cleaning the cage, watering and feeding pets. Just make sure that the mother is always watching him and washing the child’s hands to keep it hygienic.
So, it’s not too difficult, isn’t it too difficult to determine when your baby can keep pets? It’s just that the important point that must be given to your little one is the understanding that owning a pet is a big responsibility.