15 Reasons why dogs make excellent babysitters

Mar 13, 2015 at 9:30 a.m. ET

Though our dogs can't change diapers, they certainly know how to take care of our kids. To prove it, we found 15 reasons why dogs make the best babysitters. Even if you aren't ready to turn your tyke over to your pawed pal, these adorable pet videos and pictures of dogs with babies will make you smile.

1. Dogs make sure that your kiddo's hands are clean before eating (and during and after)

Dogs make the best babysitters

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2. Canines readily offer a furry shoulder to cry on

3. Dogs will offer crawling lessons for free

Dogs make the best babysitters

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4. Dogs are quick to offer your kiddo company on the couch

5. If you're concerned for your baby's safety, dogs have it covered

Dogs make the best babysitters

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6. Canines are ready to babysit even before you need it

7. Dogs make nap times happen without even trying

Dogs make the best babysitters

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8. Dogs will even kneel down to let your kiddo get on for a piggyback ride

9. Wherever your kiddo goes, dogs are never far behind

Dogs make the best babysitters

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10. Canines are ever ready to clean up any crumbs the baby drops

11. Dogs make sure your baby has plenty of toys

Dogs make the best babysitters

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12. Dogs love to instigate gleeful squeals of laughter

13. When your child is headed for trouble, dogs will do whatever it takes to prevent it

Dogs make the best babysitters

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14. Canines and kiddos are interested in the same things and look at the world through the same glass

15. They know exactly how to make your baby giggle

Dogs make the best babysitters

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