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Expanding the family

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How do you know when the best time to have another child is?

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It all depends on the family. There is no set "right time" that works for everyone.For our family, my husband and I knew we wanted our kids close in age, about 18-24 months apart. We wanted them to be close friends as they grew up and we felt that not really being out of the "baby phase" would make it easier to handle a new baby. Having "two in diapers" has never been difficult for us.Other people want their kids to be farther apart so that they can have a breather in between each baby. They feel that will give them a better chance to truly enjoy each child's babyhood. There are pros and cons to whatever type of spacing you choose, or end up with. There is no right or wrong, there is only what is right for you and your family. I you are considering having another baby make sure you look at the financial aspects and can actually afford another one. If the baby is the opposite gender as your first you will need new clothes and other items, you need to look at childcare costs, etc. You also need to make sure that you and your partner are both ready for another child. Other than that, just have one when you want one. If you're feeling like it might be too soon for another baby, I can tell you all about the benefits of having your kids close in age and can give you some advice on how to handle some of the difficult times.

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