October 10th, 2017
For some parents, the thought of having a second child is an absolute no-brainer – it’s only a matter of time for them, so no point putting it off. For others, having baby number two equates to turning their lives upside down – again. What if I don’t have enough time to bond sufficiently with my firstborn? What if I can’t provide Number Two with the same amount of love I gave to his older sibling? Whichever school you belong to, there’s no denying that welcoming baby number two is an overwhelming and important decision in your parenting journey. As the song goes, two is better than one. But are you ready for another child? We give you some points to consider before expanding your brood.
Like many things in life, planning ahead is necessary, especially when it comes to adding to the family. Having babies after age 35 increases the likelihood of chromosomal complications, including premature births and birth defects. So, have your next child sooner rather than later.
Your financial situation can be a good barometer for your family size. If you find your career in a healthy and stable state, and you are not heavily in debt or other financial commitments, perhaps it is a good time to consider bringing baby number two into the world.
Sometimes mothers find themselves overwhelmed by responsibilities and juggling too many tasks at once. This ruins the parenting experience and results in you being stretched and unhappy. Having a second baby also means taking on double the work, and requires you freeing up even more space in your schedule. If you find yourself weighed down by too many obligations, chances are you may not be entirely ready for baby number two to upset the already delicate balance.
Conversely, if you are fortunate enough to have your parents or in-laws that are willing and able to help you with your brood, it can be a positive sign to have a second child. Part of having a conducive environment is to have that village to raise your children, and having extra pair of hands can make your transition from parent of one to two much easier.
Having a second child doesn’t mean that you actively detach your present life and prepare to herald in something new; it means integrating a new blessing into your already complete life. Having room in both your home and your heart are important factors when considering baby number two. When your heart is full, it’s time for a second baby.
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