There is no difference if you are planning your first baby or perhaps even your sixth, just the quietest new addition can easily change everything in your life. Everything from your career plans and income, to finances and life for older siblings. That is why we are here, to help you find out if you are honestly ready for a new member in your family.
All the finance
Just because you do not splurge on all the latest gorgeous kits and baby clothing, having a baby can get quite expensive. Think about whether you can manage on one income, or cover the extra childcare costs? Considering the fact that you might need to move to a bigger house or buy a bigger car? It is a good idea to save in advance – not only does it teach you how to cut back, but it will gather together a tidy lump sum to help you through maternity leave. Also think about which costs, like life insurance, you cannot afford to cut.
What about all the responsibilities you will have to handle?
Even if babies are the best thing in the world, we need to be honest here. They do stop you going out as often as you would like, bully you with lack of sleep and pretty much banish those luxury rests. We all know it is 100 percent worth it, but you have to take a time out to think if you are ready for it right now?
It will affect your work
Balancing your gorgeous children with a fulfilling a career is do-able, but it takes some serious consideration, ingenuity and sometimes compromise. What will you do about your own job? Will you go back to work after all of it? Will you stay at home and take care of your little ones? Perhaps you could work a part time? You do not have to decide anything right in this moment, but it is good to find out what you and your partner think before you get all this started.
There is a possibility you will need a bigger place to live
Have you thought about the fact that you may need to take on a bigger property to fit in your new little person in the family? They might start off snuggled into a moses basket, but it will not be long before their stuff is exploding all over the house and the spare room becomes a nursery. It is totally fine if you were already living in a place with an extra room, but if not, you might need to think about changing your loved home.
It is very important how will a newborn affect your other kids and the overall family dynamic. Many children love the idea of having a younger sibling to look after and can be very caring and helpful. But there are others that may be less certain, especially if you are having this baby with a new partner. Have a think about how your children will react to it and ways you can help prepare them for the big change, so they could enjoy having a new little brother or sister.
It is an amazing experience to create a little person, for both, dad and mom. But there are consequences, also both, pleasant and difficult ones. Anyhow, it is surely worth it, just make sure, you and your family are ready for the big change.