They say that if you wait until you're really ready to have a baby, you'll never have one. But for planners like me, there are definitely moments that are more ideal than others. Figuring out whether or not to try for a baby the first time is a major decision, but I've got news for you: it doesn't get any easier. If you think you might be ready to grow your family by one more, look for these signs you're ready for another baby.
I started feeling like I wanted another baby when my daughter started sleeping through the night, somewhere around six months after she was born. Yeah, I know that's close together, but my sister and I are 13 months apart and enjoy an amazing twin-like relationship. Plus, I was already 35, so I felt like my window was closing. I successfully got pregnant before baby girl turned 1 year old, but that pregnancy ended in early miscarriage. My husband then deployed for a year so, ready or not, another baby wasn't a possibility. Things worked out OK, though, because I was able to have lots of one-on-one time with my daughter and start two new part-time jobs. By the time my partner returned I was in a really good place, and as luck would have it, we're now expecting our second child.
If you research how to tell if you're really ready for that baby life again, you'll find lots of practical considerations. If your first child is potty trained, that's an ideal time to have another baby, or so they say. You need to look at the financial implications of a second child too, of course, and determine if you have time to allow your body to recover from childbirth. Those are all important considerations, to be sure, but they aren't the only ways to "tell" if you're ready for baby number two. If you recognize yourself in more than a few of the following, you just might be ready to take the plunge into newborn life. Again.