Suggested Introductions and Socialization - overview
When you first get your 8 week old baby Sugar Glider they will "crab" at you. This is totally normal and nothing to be scared of. Notice how she tries to crab to get you to leave her alone, but if you persist and rub between her ears she will calm down.
Here you can see after 5 minutes you can scoop her in your hand and craddle her. All crabbing has stopped. If she curls up and falls asleep let her sleep. If she doesn't let her just sit there and get to know your scent.
You are like a tree :)
Watch how a baby glider clings to your skin like a tree. Just let your baby use you like a tree branch. They don't fall off so just go about your buisness with them clinging onto you like velcro!
How do you pet a new baby?
Don't be afraid to pet roughly they like the stimulation and using more force will show dominance over them. They are similar to dogs in that they love rough handling, but also love quiet time snuggling on the couch.
How do you hold and play with a baby in the begining?
Flip them and have them climb through your hands. Use their tail between your fingers to slow them down (don't hold firm but with pressure so they slow down) It's a good idea to malipulate them so they learn you control where they go - this helps with leapsters and babies who are full of energy
How to get them out of sleeping pouches, touques,
and bonding pouches.
Grab the baby through the outside of the pouch turn the rest of the material inside out and plop the baby in your hand. Lots of people have a hard time putting their hand straight in the pouch (fear) and if you are nervous this method is not a good idea because the baby will learn to be scared of you. (they sense fear) So do what the video shows and you shouldn't have any problem.
Same technique...hold the baby through the outside of pouch so he/she can't see you coming and flip the material inside out and plop the baby out.
Here is similar... hold the baby through the material place your hand in the pouch and plop the baby on your hand. Now you can have the baby in your hands inside the bonding pouch. Until you are confident don't just stick your hand inside the pouch, because you might pull away teaching him/her to chase you.
How to "cup" a baby to make it feel secure
Cupping limits what the baby sees and what they might be scared of. By cupping you also act as the Alpha "glider parent" and control the movement of the baby. This is very important for bonding and training for the baby must see you as dominant and know that you control his/her movement.
It is a good idea to do a few nails on each foot as the baby glider moves around for if you stick to one foot too long they are like any pet and will let you know they are none too happy with what you are doing. Yes I make it look really easy, but with practice you will be as good as me! Just remember to only take the very tip off and not a large part of the nail. If you clip too much and it bleeds use quick-stop (bird section of pet stores) to stop the bleeding (use package instructions.
Just a wee baby - how cute is she?
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