Lets face it, everyone is different; there's no right or wrong answer to this question. It's more a case of what works for you as a couple. If you're like me and have had your first child then the gravity of this decision will weigh even heavier. There are a few indicators as to whether you may feel like you're unprepared to take on another member just yet.
Of course your finances will be one of the biggest indicators as to whether you're ready. Babies are not just for Christmas. Plus they are a lot more expensive too! Haha! If you feel that it won't financially take you under to have another baby then it may be working out the next steps.
Having enough space in the family home also makes a massive difference and can make the accommoodating a newborn a little bit easier. If you're living with additional family members or in a unfavourable location then you may also want to take that into consideration. There's nothing more unpleasant than being stuck in an environment that doesn't suit your family needs. Alternatively, if you are in an environment that gives you the maximum support from family and friends then that will have an incredible impact on your quality of life.
Another factor to consider is sibling acceptance and understanding. If you have other children then there may be a chance that the change could possibly be unsettling for them if not introduced in the right way. I don't think that it's a bad idea to have a chat with them about the possibility of the family growing and watching how they respond. This is of course, if they're old enough to grasp that they are not going to be an only sibling anymore. The truth is that everyone will be adjusting in this period so it would be great to introduce books and scenarios that will open the family up to the new addition.
„Introduce books and scenarios that will open the family up to the prospect of a new addition.“- yours sincerely sal -
Having a chat with the doctor about your physical health can also help in assesing whether or not you are physically prepared to take on a new baby. Fundamntally whenever you and your partner decide the time is right make it the right time. Regardless of the opinions of others, worries and concerns the decision is upto you. There is never going to be a perfect time and you will never be ready but there is no harm in putting somethings in place if you can. That being said, if you're both on the same page and agree that it is the best decision for you then, happy family planning!