Having a Baby is a Life-Changing Decision
Not sure if having a baby is the best decision for you? Whether it is your first baby or your fifth, bringing a child into your life is a big decision. It is life-changing and there are so many factors to consider – finances, maternity leave, other children, etc. Here are some things to consider before making the decision
Having a Baby – Am I ready for another?
- Why do you want another baby?
- Can you afford to have another baby?
- Can you take time off work or have maternity leave?
- Will your health insurance cover having another baby?
- How will it affect your other children?
Although you may feel like you are ready it can be hard to commit and make the best decision. I know most women do not have a choice and the baby is unexpected but those who do need to consider their current situation. My husband and I struggled trying to figure out the best time to have a baby. We decided that there honestly is not a “right” time. I asked some of our readers how they decided when they were ready to have another baby, here are some of their responses:
“I based my decision off of the age of our first child. I knew I wanted some time to focus only on 1 so we waited until he was 3.”
“After having 1 child my husband and I knew it would take some time until we could afford another baby.”
“As soon as we had our first baby I immediately knew I was ready for the next.”
“We actually had to wait 3 months until my maternity leave would go into affect, so that made the decision for us. It was actually nice because it gave us time to really think everything through.”
You can also check out Parents to take a little quiz to see if you are ready to have another baby!