Post # 1
Im due May 2 and there is a litter of basset hound puppies that would be ready for adoption early April… hubby and I have wanted a dog for so so long and we are totally in love with the puppy parents (we went and met them today!). Just wanted to see what you guys think about having a puppy and a newborn around the same time, and to hear about some of your own personal experiences!!
Post # 2
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
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
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
- 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
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
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
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 # 10
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
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
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
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
No way. It’s a terrible idea! You will have zero time for the puppy.
Post # 15
- 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.