Expanding your family can be one of the most thrilling times. The joy of adding a new branch to the family tree is invigorating. Some parents worry though that they’re introducing a new member a little too early. The truth is, there is no “right” or “wrong” time for when to have another baby, but there are some things that you should keep in mind in order to help you make this decision. It’s never an easy one, but how soon is “too soon” to have another baby, really?
Having another child should be nothing but exciting. It should make you feel eager, loved, joyous, but how do you know when the time is right? Consider these 3 factors in deciding if now is in fact the best time for your family.
So, when it comes to having another baby, one of the most important things to consider is the age of your current child or children. With this, you also need to consider the developmental level of them. Sometimes, it’s easier to have kids closer in age so they can grow up together, while other times its better to have an age gap for the sake of independence.
This is primarily dependent on the family unit itself and what you’d prefer as a parent. Some mamas do great with a newborn and a toddler, but sometimes it’s easier to have an older child who is more independent and needs less assistance.
I know…I know. This is not a fun piece to consider but it has got to be done. Before deciding when to have another baby, you need to take some time to consider if you can financially take on another child. A lot of families have this mindset of, “what’s one more?”, but that’s not how it should be. Children, whereas they’re cute as nuggets, are also expensive, rightfully so!
You need to make sure you are financially stable enough to have another baby first. Talk to your partner about your current budget (I know it’s not romantic, but would you rather bring a baby into the world and then be unable to care for it?). Take time to really consider if this is something you can do.
The last piece of advice I want you to consider is your “why” for having another baby. Think about your life right now. Is there anything going on within your family that’s a little chaotic? Are you and your spouse in a good place? What’s your reason?
If you’re just ready, then great! Making sure you are in a stable place, a loving place, is vital before having another little one. You want to bring a child into the world with strong, loving arms. Make sure you’re ready!
I hope you are as excited as I am for you that you’re considering expanding your family! There’s no better feeling than welcoming a new baby into your home. Just make sure you’re really ready before embarking on this journey!
Since you’re anticipating a new baby, make sure you schedule a maternity and newborn photography session in Akron, OH with me! I love getting to document this special time in your life and cannot wait to meet you and your little one!
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