I don’t know what you’d call it, but I’d call it a good start in life–cuddling with a cat before you can toddle. And it’s astounding, how patient some of these cats are with human babies who appear to have mistaken them for some kind of furry squeaky-toy.
Yes, I’m convinced it’s a good idea to let your baby and your pet cuddle and play together. Unless your pet is a lobster. Then all bets are off.