Adopting a new puppy is a huge, time-consuming commitment. However adorable, they need constant monitoring, training, and discipline to get the hang of the house rules. They'll try your patience as they chew on everything and pee on anything, but they're also adorable and irresistible and can without a doubt make life better. But how do you know if you, and your family, are ready for a fur baby? How can you be sure your baby can handle a puppy in the home? Turns out, there are a few telltale signs that will let you know your newborn will adjust to having a furry sibling around.
I had three cats and a very curious baby when my partner and I considered adopting a dog. I wasn't sure I could handle the added responsibility of caring for another living thing, especially as a new mom attempting to make her way through postpartum depression and anxiety. I was also struggling in the breastfeeding department, recovering from childbirth, and attempting to adjust to the whole "new mom" gig. I love puppies and the idea of my baby and a family dog growing up together was almost too cute to handle. But, in the end, I knew that if we brought a puppy into the home I wouldn't be able to handle it. And neither would my baby.
But if you know you have more love to give and could handle a puppy in the house, it's important to observe your baby to be surethey're ready for a puppy, too, and way before you go ahead and take the puppy plunge. So with that in mind, here are some signs he or she is ready for a furry friend, too: