Thinking of adding to your family?

Thinking of adding to your family? Trying to decide whether or not to have another baby, or even when the time is right to have a second child can leave you with more mixed feelings then you thought. I think every woman has an ideal in her head while growing up but in the process of growing up we begin to realise life is not as easy as we first thought.

There are emotional and practical questions you need to go through with your partner. Can we cope emotionally and physically with another child? How will we juggle another child with our careers? Can we afford another child? Where do we want to be in five years time? If we decide to wait, will our age affect our choice?

One of the most important things is that you and your partner are on the same page, as you both need the full support of each other. Talk to each other about why you do or don’t want another child, be honest and communicate properly. If it’s decided that you are not going to start straight away, try to set an approximate date in the next year or two when you or your partner are both happy to try and conceive again.

Whether or not you can afford another child is the most practical decision to discuss. It’s not just about looking at the short term expenses that a new baby brings but also the long term expense of raising a family; childcare, school, college, insurance, mortgage, etc. The list is endless and it’s important to think about whether or not you will be able to cope; financial strain is a difficult stress to deal with. Also think about whether or not your current living conditions will accommodate a baby or will it mean that your family will eventually need a bigger home.

The emotional side of deciding whether or not to have a second baby is just as important. Some parents decide to wait several years before they have another child, giving their first born plenty of quality time with mum and dad; an older child understands another sibling coming into the home and has her/her own independence at that stage. Other parents choose to have their children close together so the night-feeds, nappies and whinging can be done close together and calmness can be restored in the near future. Also, having children close together means a special bond of closeness for siblings and a playmate for life.

Think about how another child will affect your lifestyle. Are you ready to go through all the demands a small baby comes with? Only you can decide!

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