Deciding if and when to have a baby is one of the most life-changing decisions a couple can make. Maybe you've known that you want kids for your whole life and you feel like the time is finally right, or maybe you're just weighing your options and trying to figure out if adding a baby in the mix is a good idea. Either way, starting a family is not something to take lightly and there are important questions to ask your partner before having kids that will determine whether or not the time is right and, in some cases, whether you and your partner would make a good parenting team.
Life rarely goes exactly as planned and parenting is no exception. But having a few necessary discussions, like whether or not you actually want to have kids, will only ensure that when the two of you decide the time is right, things go as smoothly as possible. Parenting is challenging, exhausting, confusing and amazing, and having someone by your side to make the late night feedings and hourly diaper changes a little bit easier can make all the difference. Just make sure you're both on the same page and talk through these 11 questions before you decided to start your family.