Now that Penny’s almost two, we keep getting people asking us when we’re going to have another baby. I seriously feel like I was just trying to conceive and was pregnant! There are many factors to when the best time to have another child is, and here are some of our thoughts:
-There’s no best time to have babies. Money will never be perfect and we’ll probably always wish we had more money. However, we are doing okay money-wise and I don’t feel like it would be catastrophic if we decided to try to have another baby in six months or so. We can wait and wait, but we could wait forever.
-Babies are really not that expensive. When they are little, you have the added cost to health insurance premiums, food (I’ll breastfeed the next baby as well), and diapers (we’ve got a bunch and would probably only have to buy a few more). Since I am a stay at home mom we won’t have to pay daycare for two kids so that is huge! I think the real cost when it comes to raising kids comes later when they are older.
-I’m a firm believer that babies don’t need a ton of stuff. Since we already had one, I think we’ve pretty much got everything we need as far as the big stuff for a next baby. I would have to buy the new baby a convertible car seat after they outgrow the infant seat but that is about it! I do think it’s fun to buy new baby things, so I am looking forward to buying some new clothes or things for our next baby. Consignment stores have inexpensive clothes!
-Spacing college costs is an expense we’re thinking about. For instance, if we had only 2 years between kids we’d have to be paying for dual college tuitions for two years. We’d like to help our children out as much as possible when it comes to college, so a little more time between them will give us an advantage later. If we can’t pay for all of our childrens’ educations, then we’ll just do the best we can.
-I don’t want to wait too long because I would like Penny and her sibling to play together and enjoy each other. I am two-and-a-half years older than my brother and six years older than my sister. I like the three year spacing between myself and my brother although we did fight a lot as kids. My sister and I are really close now and I love it! I want Penny to have the experience of being a sister.
I tend to over think things and I feel like there are a million reasons either way when it comes to spacing kids. I would like at least one more child, and I’m hoping it’s easier the second time to get pregnant. I’m so thankful we have Penny and she makes us really happy!
What are your thoughts about spacing children? Do you think it’s better to have them closer together or further apart?