Are You Ready For a Baby?
Young love…not in regards to age, but in regards to new, blossoming relationships. As a young girl, most women started imagining her future. She will meet the man of her dreams, fall in love, get married and have babies! However, in reality life isn’t always that simple.
Some couples discuss all the details prior to getting married. Details that include where they will live, whose family they will spend Thanksgiving and Christmas with, how many kids they will have, and WHEN they will start trying to get pregnant. However, sometimes the baby bug will bite earlier than planned and the couple will find themselves asking, “Are we ready?”
There is an old saying, “Don’t wait till you can ‘afford’ a baby because the day will never come.” This is true because no matter how much money you make, you will always find ways to spend it. However, you should definitely be smart about it and do your research.
A baby will go through an average of 2000 diapers before they are potty trained. There is also the expense of clothing, toys, bath products, baby food, bottles, formula (if you choose), nursing pads and shirts if you are breastfeeding, strollers, car seats, beds, and more essentials you will need for your baby. On top of that there is the cost of the needs for the mother while pregnant including doctors bills and clothing, and the out of pocket costs for your hospital stay.
According to an annual study by Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion a couple may spend as much as $366,000 on each child by the time that child turns 18 years old. This does not include college tuition costs that will begin after the child graduates high school.
Before you settle down with “the one”, many people will tell you to make sure you sow your oats first. In other words, make sure you experiment, play, party and enjoy the single life before you get married, because once you are married you can no longer live the single life. The same is true for couples when they decide to have a baby.
A whole new world opens up with you get married. You can sleep in together, take romantic vacations, spend weekends doing “adult” things, coming and going when you want on your own schedule. The only one you have to think of besides yourself is your spouse. Throwing a child into the mix creates another world to get used too.
Romantic, two-person vacations may turn into family vacations with very little time for you and your spouse. Gone are the days of staying in bed all weekend, late dinners, and parties. These will be replaced by baby sitters, early meals, and early mornings.
However the flip side of this is that you get innocent smiles, belly laughs, an extra set of little hands and feet crawling in bed with you at 6am, movie and pizza night followed by homemade chocolate chip cookies, and art projects created with love from your child’s own hands.
There are a lot of things to consider before you decide to have a baby. Your finances, your emotional well-being, and your personal happiness are some of the most important aspects you will want to consider and be at peace with before you start you TTC journey.
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