New puppy + newborn?

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
3277 posts
Sugar bee

I would hold off on the dog. 

When you have a newborn you have to sleep when they sleep for survival having a dog is also exhausting. 

Both deserve full time attention. I also would want a dog to be fully trained before having it near a new horn even with supervision.

Post # 3
286 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

Puppies are a lot of work. When we got ours it was almost like having a newborn because she had tummy troubles and would sometimes wake us up 4-5 a night crying to go potty. I don’t have kids, but I don’t think I would want a puppy and a newborn at the same time based on how much attention they both need. 

Post # 4
6443 posts
Bee Keeper

newmombee :  no do not get a dog and have a newborn.  We got a puppy with a toddler, and it’s like having two toddler lots of work.  I don’t think you want to try potty training with a puppy and trying to navigate parenthood.

Post # 5
2680 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012 - Southern California

Omgosh no! My husband & I don’t even have kids & have vowed that any other dog in our future will not be a puppy haha. We love our pup, but he was so so so much work in the beginning & I can’t imagine trying to tackle puppyhood & the newborn stage, no thank you!

Post # 6
130 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

No way! We will be getting a new puppy when my baby is 8-9 months old, and I’m really nervous about it. It would be a disaster with a newborn. Please reconsider for your own sake!

Post # 7
1034 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I echo the above, I wouldn’t do it. I’ve had puppies and I’ve had a newborn, but not together and I thank God for that! The newborn period is one of sleep deprivation, and I can’t imagine having to take care of a puppy and try to keep it quiet, changing the baby’s diapers and wee wee pads from the dog. Ugh no! I totally get the temptation though! My husband realllllly wants a puppy but we also want more kids so I’m standing my ground and not even considering a puppy until my kids are all out of toddlerhood.

Post # 8
108 posts
Blushing bee

I would definitely recommend waiting. I’m 6.5 weeks pregnant and we just got a golden retriever puppy and omg I forgot how much work they are! It’s like having a toddler on four legs with sharp teeth! Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE our puppy and this is something we were planning on doing for years, but I am really glad we did it now with the puppy being 10/11 months old by the time the baby is born. I’m sure we will still have our hands full balancing both for the first couple of years, regardless of how much training we do! If I were any farther along in the pregnancy, we would not have gone through with the puppy adoption.

Post # 9
1831 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Post # 10
651 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

Nooooo don’t do it. I’ve always said that puppies are like babies where they have the neediness of a newborn and the energy of a toddler (not all, but mine did). We brought our little guy home at 8 weeks old last June and sometimes I get really bad fever, but I just think back to him peeing all over the house, constantly needing to watched, taking him out every 2 hours, and crying at night. Puppies are wonderful and so rewarding, but newborns require so much attention and you can’t really hold that one off ;). I would wait until baby is at least 1 year old and see how you feel then. I know it’s hard, puppies are adorable!

Post # 11
1450 posts
Bumble bee

newmombee :  we’ve had a puppy and I’m currently pregnant and I can’t imagine doing it at the same time.  Puppy potty training and changing diapers at the same time.  No thank you.  Besides when puppies are little they have to go out in the middle of the night, on top of baby getting up in the middle of the night, you’d never sleep.  

Post # 12
1827 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I wouldn’t.  Newborns and puppies both need constant attention.  I would wait until you can see what kinds of needs your baby has, and how things go.  My daughter is 5 months and our life is finally getting under control.  (We have 2 dogs and a cat.  One dog developed epilepsy when I was 8 months pregnant.  It was very hard balancing the needs of the dog and the baby.. dog is doing well now on meds, but I wouldnt wish that stress on anyone)  Maybe wait until baby is 6 months old and then reassess?

Post # 13
1021 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

No way! I have a 6 year old lazy basset hound and I still found managing her needs along with my newborn’s tough!

Post # 14
7431 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

No way. It’s a terrible idea! You will have zero time for the puppy. 

Post # 15
1981 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2016 - Sussex, UK

My friend got a puppy when she was 7 months pregnant. As she stopped working at 6 months pregnant she thought she’d have two months to take the puppy to classes. Well she took her to two. Now they have a 12 week old baby waking them up every hour (she’s breastfeeding) and a dog that needs a walk before he goes off to his high pressured job. Then he walks him when he gets home late. She can’t because the dog pulls on the lead too much.

I love dogs but we all said really think about it before getting the puppy but they wouldn’t listen.They are really struggling now and finally admitted they should have waited until baby was over 6 months. 

Another thing is the size of the car they need for all the baby’s things plus room for the dog.


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