Newborns and dogs

posted 2 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’m due in winter as well, and have 2 dogs. I’m probably gonna get flamed for this but I will quickly take them out when baby is sleeping. Me being outside with the monitor vs one the first floor and babe on the third floor is no different. Plus, the dogs don’t like being cold so they get done pretty quick

Post # 4
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Sugar bee

1112bride:  I had a baby last December. It was a terrible winter here- snow storm after snow storm. My dog was used a 2 walks a day. That immediately dropped to 1 walk a day. I ended up hiring a dog walker to come a few days a week so he wouldn’t be cooped up until 7/8pm when my SO got home. 

Post # 5
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Blushing bee

I had my baby this past January and it was an awful winter and I have three dogs. I would take my dogs out in the back yard basically when she napped or was strapped into her bouncer seat or swing. Granted, my dogs hate the cold so it was always a quick trip to the back yard that lasted about two minutes tops. For exercise I would end up dropping them off at doggie daycare to run around for a half day once or twice a week until it became warmer out, but I do that in the winter months anyway since they hate the cold.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I haven’t done this myself, but my parents have pictures of my sibs and I as babies and toddlers held in a front carrier with mom or dad’s coat zipped up overtop.  They lived in South Dakota so it was definitely cold.  Just the tops of our heads stick out.  Aside from the totally cute pictures, it might work for you.  I know some carriers have infant inserts, so if you had a carrier, you could just put your coat on overtop.  Between the coat and your body heat, that babe ain’t going to feel anything 😉

Or, find a local kid to come walk the dog.  Homeschoolers are great for this as their schedules are more flexible, so it might be worth checking around through church or local groups.

The baby will have to go outside eventually anyway, unless you’re going to hole away in the house the whole first few months (if you can, more power to you.  I guarantee that I’ll be outside very soon after having mine; I go stir crazy sitting in the house all day).  The dog walking might be good practice for the grocery store and other places where you can’t just stop and go home as easily.

ETA – I don’t know where you live, but if it’s insanely cold, skip my first suggestion.  While I know it works in subzero, it won’t be very nice haha!  If that’s the case, definitely find some kid to walk for you.

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 1 month ago by  . Reason: Forgot about winters that actually get really cold
Post # 7
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

I had a baby last November and was often home alone with the dog because my DH worked 24 hour shifts. I would just take the dog out really quickly while DD slept.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee

I also decided that temps above 30ish and clear sidewalks were fine. I wore him in the ergo zipped into my coat. He was cozy and I loved the fresh air. I did a lot of the evening walks too just to get sone space and a few min to myself. 

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Mine is a little different because I had my baby in August, but I was ready to walk the dog about 4 days PP (vaginal delivery). I loved snuggling the baby in the front carrier (Ergo when it’s chilly, Bjorn when it’s warm), and he loved it too. So that worked well for us. We continue to do long walks several times a day. If that’s not something you are able to do, then I think you could hire a walker for a few weeks until you get more comfortable with it. 

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

1112bride:  I would suggest finding a dog walker if you don’t have a yard. It’ll help both of you if your dog gets some exercise.

Post # 11
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

In your case I would hire a dog walker. While my son slept, I let the dog out. I didn’t take him for a walk (my husband would do that when he came home), but I would grab the baby monitor and quick let the dog out into our back yard to do his business.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

1112bride:  I live in an apartment with a dog, and it is cold as balls here. I took the dog out early before my husband left, late when he got home, and zipped her into Ergo and my big puffy jacket I had left over from being pregnant when it was cold as balls. I did also leave her sleeping in the apartment a couple of times when it was 40 below. It was a pain in the butt to have baby and dog and a condo, but it’s doable! 

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I would suggest a dog walker too, or if you happen to know of a neighbor’s kid/s that would love to start working 😉

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

This is how we did it. My fiance walks our dog who is 2 years old. My son is almost 6 months now in the morning before he goes to work 6am than again when he gets home from work at 4pm. I never had to walk my dog at all. Than my fiance will walk the dog again before he goes to sleep. He does this everyday. My dog is 30 pounds and is a shiba inu Idk if that helps any. We never had any problems with our dog having any accidents in the house. 

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