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10 Ways That Having a Dog HAS Prepared Me For Having a Real-Life Baby

By Lauren Hartmann |

Are dogs and babies similar? My verdict: Yes. And no.

Perhaps you may recall my post a couple of weeks ago  about my ridiculously easy dog and how I feel like she hasn’t prepared me for the high maintenance needs of the newborn that will soon be living with my husband and I (*Read: 10 Reasons Why Having a Dog Has In No Way Prepared Me For Having a Real-Life Baby).

I received a lot of comments from readers who disagreed and felt that their dogs really have been good preparation for parenthood, which made me stop to reconsider my dog.  While I must admit that I do have the easiest dog on the planet and that there’s probably no way our baby will be as easy to care for as a she is (I completely expected this), I did come up with 10 ways that she actually has prepared me for a baby.  Even if my dog isn’t the most high maintenance, she still definitely requires some responsibility.

Read my list of 10 Ways That Having a Dog Has Prepared Me for Having a Real-Life Baby after the jump!


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10 Ways That Having a Dog HAS Prepared Me For Having a Real-Life Baby

Dogs provide you with plenty of middle-of-the-night surprises...

just like babies. I can recall many a time being woken up to dog puke in the middle of the night...good practice for those random wake-ups a baby will bring.

Do you feel like your dog has prepared you for having a baby?

Why or why not?

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About Lauren Hartmann

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Lauren Hartmann

Lauren Hartmann is a wife, wardrobe stylist, and mama living in Portland, Oregon. She writes about her adventures in motherhood on Babble's Baby Channel. You can also find her blogging at The Little Things We Do or obsessively partaking in social media. Read bio and latest posts → Read Lauren's latest posts →

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2 thoughts on “10 Ways That Having a Dog HAS Prepared Me For Having a Real-Life Baby

  1. Becca says:

    ” If I start posting about nap schedules and the consistency of poopy diapers, please host an intervention.”
    I’m totally holding you accountable for this.

  2. Georgia Kallis says:

    The ONLY difficulty I had with me dog was potty training – that’s it!!! Highly intelligent Pomeranian that I cannot compare to what I went thru with my daughter. No colic, teething, finicky eating ect. So, unfortunately, I cannot say that my dog Bella prepared me for motherhood!

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