Hmm for some reason my post didn't work so here goes a second chance!
I am very encouraged by all your feedback and shared experience. I really appreciate it and admire how most of you have managed this all with more than one child and more than one dog/pet. For me, I find it quite inspirational.
Wow Guest_46111! Thats exciting about the Leos and Wolfs! I hope all goes well for you in getting these pups! It was also great to get some experience on cats and babies because like you I also get the "suffocation" lecture.
My sister is a PICU nurse and advice she received from her patients parents was to put blown up balloons in baby's crib/bassinette/bouncer ahead of baby's arrival and especially in places where cats might not be able to be locked out. That way the cat jumps in the cot, the balloon pops, cat gets a fright and learns not to go there. I thought it was a bit sad at first giving them a shock like that but at the same time they don't associate you with the telling-off and it doesn't physically cause them harm.
My cat are pretty well behaved, two of them never leave the house and are like dogs almost - you can get their brush out, call them and they will run and lie down in front of you! At least it is a technique though if we find they assume the nursery to be their brand new play gym!
I also agree that raising kids with pets is a great joy and privilege we can give them. It also helps teach our children the importance of respect to all living beings. Even if we decide it isn't right time for a pup, then at least we can still achieve this with our cats