We were not one of those couples who prepared ourselves for having a kid by getting a puppy first. And neither of us is pet people, really, so I really never gave a second thought to the potential risks and challenges of bringing a baby home to a house with a pet in it.
Until, that is, I saw a picture that Matthew Baldwin posted right after bringing The Squirrelly home; their cat looked like it was stalking the kid, and pounce on his soft, little head. Haven't heard much since, so I figure things are going fine.
But Slate's pet person Emily Yoffe has written a useful primer on mediating between pets and newborns and pets and mobile, animal-clueless kids. It covers some basic safety principles [never leave animals and babies together unattended] and some fascinating pet psychology [the cat who started limping whenever the baby was around; the dog who got nervous about a kid's impending scolding whenever he heard someone counting "1,2,3"]
Why Can't We All Just Get Along? The complex dynamics of babies and pets. [slate]