It’s guest post time again. This time, it’s the turn of Emily from parenting website WhooopsaDaisy with her take on how to tell when you are ready for adding a new baby to your family.
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Deciding to start a family is a big decision, but deciding to add to the family is just as important a decision to make. There is so much to consider when thinking about whether or not a second baby is a good idea, it can be almost impossible to know what’s best. Of course, there is no one-size-fits-all approach, and every family has different needs. Here, we have some practical advice to consider when thinking about having another child.
One of the major constraints on families is money. If you have kept everything from your first baby, you might not need to spend too much in the beginning. However, the ongoing costs of raising two children can add up, so this is worth considering particularly if the household doesn’t have a steady source of income.
You might also like to think about how much space you have at home. Babies have a lot of ‘stuff,’ and if your eldest child is still quite young, they probably do too! For those living in small apartments, it’s wise to consider whether or not you could manage living so close together.
Having a second child can be so rewarding if the circumstances are right. There is something beautiful about watching siblings growing up together. The difficult moments might become twice as hard, but the good times will become even better as a family of four.
Preparing for a Second Pregnancy
One thing which commonly holds women back when it comes to having a second baby, would be the thought of going through another pregnancy and labor, particularly if the first was difficult. Remember, every pregnancy is different, so your second might end up being a breeze! Very often, labor and delivery are quicker and easier the second time around.
It’s important to get into good health before trying to conceive for the second time. Ideally, try to get back to your pre-pregnancy weight, so it’s easier to lose the weight again the second time around. A proper diet is very important, especially if your first child is still under the age of 1 year old. Your body’s store of key nutrients might still be slightly depleted after the first pregnancy, so ensure you are eating a range of fruits and vegetables, as well as protein, dairy, and whole grains.
Having a Second Child with a Toddler
Another common worry of second-time moms is how they will manage to look after a newborn when their older child is still a toddler. Of course, there will be moments when things are challenging, but it will all be worth it in the end. While toddlers can have their difficult moments, they also often love to copy mom and dad, and they love to please. So, they are often great helpers when they have a new little brother or sister to look after!
It’s important to ensure you still spend time alone with your toddler after the birth of the baby, and ensure they don’t feel left out. Try to keep their routine as normal as possible, and avoid any other big changes like potty training or stopping the use of a pacifier.
About the Author
Emily is new to the world of blogging, and is currently developing parenting website Whooopsadaisy.com. She is a mom of one, a toddler named Daisy, hence the inspiration behind the site. Emily enjoys writing about a range of topics – everything from baby tips to toys and everything in between!
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Has this post helped you to decide either way? What are your thoughts about extending your family?