Ready for a second baby? – 5 things to consider
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Ready for a second baby? – 5 things to consider

The idea here is that you don’t have to deal with two children who can only communicate by wailing and you also don’t have to worry about physically carrying two children around.

If you’re still seriously suffering the side effects of the first pregnancy, you probably shouldn’t be trying for another baby just yet. You need to give your body time to fully heal.

  • How old are you?

Sorry to be so blunt about it but if your partner and yourself are getting up there in age, want more than one child and you don’t fancy having to deal with the messy side of babies and children again in your later years, then you really do want to get to it as soon as possible. Stephanie from based her decision to have one child on this:

I have one child and he’ll be an only. Some factors for my husband and I were our ages and our long-term family goals. Due to our age, we’d have to already be having another child at this point and we’re still getting used to our two year old. We never wanted a huge family and our income is better suited to having one child rather than many.

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  • How much time do you have?

No one truly wants to have children and have no time available to spend with them – hoping that schools, churches, relatives or nannies will be able to take on the task of raising those children with the right values. So do you have enough time available to split between two children? Chastity from A Cowboy’s Life made the decision to stick to only one child based on this:

I work outside of the home. My time with our child is limited. Splitting those precious hours among multiple children would just seem impossible to me. It seems like families are busier than ever, especially with all the activities we participate in, and I didn’t want to be spread too thin where we would not be able to provide the quality time that every child needs and deserves.

  • Can you afford another?

They say you can never be fully ready for a baby but I think after the first one, you know how much you are happy to spend on a second child based on the lifestyle you’re used to or the kind of lifestyle you want your children to have. Thinking about it, could you have a second baby and be able to afford to do the same kinds of things for the second that you did for the first…or more? As the infographic above shows, a poll conducted in 2013 revealed a lack of funds to be the biggest reason why US respondents did not have multiple children. Finances are an excellent reason to hold off on growing your family further.

What sorts of things have you considered in wishing for a second child?

Kin Unplugged

I aim to provide millennial women with a space where they can find helpful information to make their everyday lives easier while they start and grow their families.

This Post Has 9 Comments

  1. Maggie

    Great post with important things to consider before adding another child to your family. We are one and done n our family for many reasons, travel being a huge part of that!

    1. Kin Unplugged

      Ooo yes I can see why wanderlust would make multiple children difficult to manage!

  2. Jen

    It definitely was hard to consider. But it’s worth it seeing the two of them bond as they get older! 🙂

  3. Beth

    Definitely important things to take into account when considering another child. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Paris

    Thank you for these thoughts as my husband and I are in the talks of starting later this year for our second and LAST one lol!

    1. Kin Unplugged

      All the best!!

  5. Erin

    It’s so different for each and every family! I truly think you know when your ready!

  6. Lucy

    thanks for sharing this! we are are ready for baby # 2 ?

    1. Kin Unplugged

      awesome! how exciting!

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