8 Signs You’re Ready For Another Baby

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014 by from Blog from the Belly

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    I just welcomed my 4th child into the world and, for me, it was a long time coming. I had baby fever – a strong desire for another child –  for about a  year before my husband wasn’t ready for another child, and so we waited until he felt ready. It felt like a really long year to me and I had a difficult time understanding why he wasn’t ready for another baby. We talked a lot during this time and we were able to outline some of the reasons another child felt overwhelming for my husband at that time and that gave us something to work on.

    There was no doubt for me that I was ready for another baby. I had always wanted to have a large family and even though I thought after the birth of my third child that I would be done — about two years later that baby fever hit me hard, as baby fever can sometimes do. I won’t say that it always made total sense. I mean, thinking fondly about months without sleep, without regular showers, is totally normal, right? Wishing for more dirty diapers, less space,  – and did I mention the lack of sleep? – that’s high on everyone’s list of “Fun I want to have,” isn’t it?

    { MORE: Why One Mother Was Forced To Have a C-Section }

    I had all the signs that I was ready for another baby, loud and clear. If you’re finding yourself on the fence, unsure if you want another baby or if you’re ready, there are some telltale signs. These signs show that you’re totally ready for another baby, even if you didn’t realize it.

    {Continued: Sign #1}

What do you think? 8 Signs You’re Ready For Another Baby

Devan McGuinnessAuthor

Devan McGuinness is the founder of the online resource Unspoken Grief, which is dedicated to breaking the silence of perinatal grief for those directly and indirectly affected by miscarriage, stillbirth and neonatal death. Using her own experience of surviving 12 miscarriages, Devan has been actively supporting and encouraging others who are wading through the challenges associated with perinatal and neonatal loss. Winner of the 2012 Bloganthropy Award ... More

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  1. Avatar of Leslie Leslie says:

    this article is dumb. i’m ready for another baby, but god choice if he wants me to. my turns four in two days

  2. Avatar of MrsDJones MrsDJones says:

    This article is funny these are not reasons at all they’re just for entertainment. You may want a dog for your little one or because you just want one. You may want to baby-sit because you love children and also to give your child someone to play with or even because you know you can give that child your baby-sitting back to the parents. I can go on and on, but the best way to know is 1. you and your partner talked it over and you both agree more than you disagree 2. search your budget and it has a few extra coins available 3. your not using any form or sort of protection you do realize that it could possible happen. And last but not lease your pregnant and your not upset…

  3. Avatar of KITTYNOLAND KITTYNOLAND says:

    None of these fit my situation with 2 little boys under 2; and I want another. The article is.. not for me!

  4. Avatar of Britney Britney says:

    All of these things make me feel like I DON’T want another baby and I’m 8 months pregnant!

  5. Avatar of winnietest winnietest says:

    This is ridiculous, there is no point to this “article” except to justify people having additional children. I look forward to a day when the possibility of having a child isn’t sentimentalize buy is thoughtfully approached and discussed as the serious life step it should be.

  6. Avatar of Raechelle Raechelle says:

    My first pregnancy was twin boys. Their daddy, my boyfriend/love of my life, wants to have another baby but I’m scared. I’m a high risk for more multiples, and since my boys were born at 29 weeks it’s even more risky (in my eyes). They are only 13 months old, so I know I’m not ready… Maybe someday…

  7. Avatar of crystal crystal says:

    My husband is the one with baby fever. He has a 16YR old boy, 13yr old girl, both from previous marriage. We have together a 2 1/2yr old boy and a 1yr old girl. I think he is nuts at times for even having the thought of more. However, I do feel in my heart that we’re supposed to have one more. I just keep fighting the urge to act on that feeling.

  8. Avatar of Chaunte Chaunte says:

    Well, it has been almost 2 months coming July 2, since I lost my son. I became pregnant in February, and my due date was supposed to be in October. This is very hard for me to get over, since I gave birth to 3 other children. My husband lost 2 babies before we married last October. But, this is new to me. I find myself thinking about our baby a lot of the times. I am back at work and taking care of the household, but when it gets quiet, that’s when I have some problems. I am nervous about trying for another baby. My OB says we can try again in September, but what if the same thing happens. My husband want a large family, but I am scared. Please help!

    • Avatar of Ayla Ayla says:

      Sorry for your loss! I was in the same situation last year, my husband and i got pregnant in January and we lost that baby in March. I still desperately wanted a baby but was also terrified it would happen again. We were pregnant again in July, and that pregnancy went super healthily and now I have a beautiful son. The loss is still difficult… I was 9 months pregnant on the anniversary of our loss, and I cried just as hard as I did the day it happened. I did a lot of research after my loss, and learned that about 25% of women lose their first pregnancy… it is devastating, but it is far from abnormal. You’ll always love and miss that baby, just don’t let your fear stop you from having the beautiful children you are meant to have when you’re ready. Hugs and healing thoughts to you!!

      • Avatar of Felicia Felicia says:

        ayla that was very nice of you to post!!! your words are very powerful, i hope the one your responding too was able to appreciate and feel a little bit better!!!!

    • Avatar of Samantha Samantha says:

      Sorry for your loss. My best friend was due Oct. 2nd and lost her baby girl May 6th at 19 weeks. It’s very weird for you two to be in such similar situations. My daughters first birthday is July 2nd…prayers for you. Hug your little ones tight!

  9. Avatar of Miranda Miranda says:

    I wanted another baby for 5 years. My son was born Jan of 2009 and since then I was ready for another. Finally we conceived and I am due June of 2014. Five years was too long, the wait was unbearable. My fiance wants to stop after our third child but I want a large family and I definitely want a girl- we have one more shot at a girl and I even suggested having the sperm spun to significantly increase our chances of having a girl but he doesn’t feel comfortable with that n says we get what we get.:/ I can’t help but wonder if we weren’t having the boy he wanted if he’d feel the same way if the tables were turned… I also wonder how he’d feel if he were the one wanting a large family…

    • Avatar of Brandie Brandie says:

      My daughter was born Jan of 2009 as well. I always said she was my first and last! Bit, I’ve started wanting another! I was expecting, but had miscarriage a few weeks ago. If it’s meant for another, it will happen. What day was your son born?

  10. Avatar of Michelle Michelle says:

    My number one sign I was ready for another baby? I got my period back. I’ve been dreaming of another child since my son was born.

  11. Avatar of JoyRied JoyRied says:

    My baby isn’t out of diapers yet but I’m still wishing for another. Love must be blind. Who cares that I won’t get enough sleep?

  12. some are true for what I understand from other moms I know.

    I don’t want another baby, but know my husband wants another. He wants a boy and I see it every time we are around other peoples’ babies.

  13. These sounds crazy to me. When I decided I was ready for another child I just knew. Of course my story is a little different than most cuz my first child I adopted as a 2 yr old.

  14. I’m definitely not ready for #2! We said at a year and a half we would talk about when we possibly would want to try getting pregnant again….it’s crazy to think that is only 10 months away

  15. Avatar of Claudia Claudia says:

    These signs i can relate too and scare me, because I’m far from ready for a second child.

  16. Avatar of Ian Ian says:

    Interesting article

  17. Avatar of Patricia Patricia says:

    #5 and #7 are very true. and i also look at my 4 month old daughter and think of how much i want a boy now. i want her to have a sibiling. and i miss being pregnant. but i am not ready for another child yet. lol

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