A beautiful newborn baby girl sleeping on a white blanket during an infant photography shoot in Sydney.

The Best time to have a baby

The Best Time to Have a Baby
(And By the Way, Are You Sure You're Ready to be a Parent?)

Ah, parenthood! The time in your life when you get to experience the joys of sleepless nights, dirty diapers, and stepping on Legos. But actually, all joking aside, being a parent is one of the most rewarding experiences in life. If you’re reading this blog post, then you must be thinking about starting your family, or maybe you’re about to expand it. And if so, congratulations! But before you make that big decision, ask yourself, “Am I really ready to be a parent? Do I have what it takes?” Let’s take a look at some of the traits that make a good parent, as well as the best time to get pregnant and have a baby. 

A sweet little baby girl wrapped in pink sleeping during a newborn baby photo shoot.
A new father holding his newborn baby boy for a photo.
A newborn baby girl wrapped in a light cream coloured scarf sleeping during a newborn photoshoot in Sydney.
New parents with their tiny girl posing for a photo.
A beautiful newborn girl wrapped in a silver grey scarf wearing a matching beaded headband sleeping peacefully in a woven basket during a newborn photo shoot.
A sweet little girl sleeping in a round wooden bowl.

TRAIT #1: PATIENCE

Let’s be honest, kids can drive you up the wall, and it can be hard to keep your patience intact. But it’s important to do so, in order to set a good example for your child. A patient parent is a good role model for their children, because it shows them how to handle difficult situations in a calm and collected way. This is never easy, especially if you are a fiery character by nature, but it’s the first trait I decided to cover for a reason. Having patience will help you deal with any and all surprises parenting life throws at you. Not just in the first year, but for many years to come. 

If you’re someone who is easily agitated or impatient, then you might want to work on this before deciding to have a baby.

TRAIT #2: RESPONSIBILITY

Being a parent means being responsible for another person’s life. You have to ensure that they’re fed, clothed, loved, educated, and kept safe at all times. You need to consider all this, alongside their emotional development. This can be a daunting task for many people, but if you’re someone who takes responsibility seriously, then you’re off to a good start. If you’re the type of person who is always on time, keeps their promises, isn’t forgetful, has a strong moral compass and takes care of their belongings, then you might be ready to take on the responsibility of parenthood.

TRAIT #3: FLEXIBILITY

Kids can be unpredictable, and plans can change at the drop of a hat. A good parent needs to be flexible and adaptable to different situations. If you’re someone who can’t handle change or is set in their ways, then parenthood might be a challenge for you. 

However, if you’re the type of person who can roll with the punches and go with the flow, then you’ll be better equipped to handle whatever life throws your way.

A tiny little baby sleeping on a mauve blanket during a newborn photoshoot.

Sooo.. with that in mind, what's the best time to get pregnanty and have a baby?

Now that you’ve assessed your own readiness to become a parent, let’s talk about the best time to get pregnant and have a baby. Timing is important, not only for your own personal circumstances, but also for the health of your baby. Here are some things to consider:

AGE

Women have a biological clock, and fertility decreases as you age. The best time to have a baby is between the ages of 20 and 35. After 35, fertility declines, and the risk of certain pregnancy complications increases. It’s by no means impossible to conceive, but the process may just take longer. Fortunately there are options out there for those set on becoming parents, like IVF. The process is gruesome but it increases the chances of conceiving significantly. 

CAREER

Having a baby can be a major life change, and it’s important to consider your career goals and aspirations. If you’re in the middle of a career change or pursuing an advanced degree, it might be better to wait a few years before starting a family. 

FINANCES:

Babies are expensive! It’s important to consider your financial situation before having a child. Can you afford the cost of raising a child, including childcare, education, and medical expenses? Do you have a solid emergency savings and retirement plan in place? There are millions of people who expand their families with no financial plan in place, however it’s much easier to plan for a bigger family when we know we can take our foot off the gas at work and still be able to support ourselves for at least the immediate few months of maternity break. 

Parenthood is an incredible journey and a huge responsibility. It’s important to assess your own readiness before embarking on this adventure. Make sure you have the traits that make a good parent, such as patience, responsibility, and flexibility. And when it comes to timing, consider your age, career, and finances before making the decision to have a baby. If you feel ready and prepared, then congratulations on your journey into parenthood! And if not, there’s no rush – take your time to make sure you’re fully prepared when the time is right.

A new mum and dad cradling their baby boy during a newborn photo shoot.

Tips for Preparing for Parenthood

Preparing for parenthood is an exciting and transformative journey. Here are some tips to help you prepare for this new chapter in your life:

1. Educate Yourself: Take the time to learn about pregnancy, childbirth, and parenting. Read books, attend classes, and seek advice from experienced parents. The more knowledge you have, the better prepared you will be.

2. Establish a Support System: Surround yourself with a supportive network of family and friends who can provide guidance and assistance when needed. Having a strong support system can make the transition to parenthood smoother.

3. Take Care of Your Health: Prioritize your physical and mental health before and during pregnancy. Eat a balanced diet, exercise regularly, and practice self-care. Taking care of yourself will help you be the best parent you can be.

4. Plan Your Finances: Create a budget and save for the expenses associated with raising a child. Consider factors such as healthcare, childcare, education, and future expenses. Having a financial plan in place will provide peace of mind.

5. Communicate with Your Partner: Open and honest communication is key to successful parenting. Discuss your expectations, fears, and desires with your partner. Work together to create a parenting plan that aligns with both of your goals and values.

6. Prepare Your Home: Get your home ready for the arrival of a baby. Set up a nursery, baby-proof your home, and gather essential supplies. Being prepared will help you feel more confident and at ease when your baby arrives.

Making the Decision That Feels Right for You

 

Deciding when to start a family is a deeply personal and complex decision. There is no one-size-fits-all answer, as each individual and couple has unique circumstances and aspirations. It’s important to consider factors such as career goals, financial stability, personal desires, and emotional readiness. By taking the time to evaluate these aspects and seek support and guidance when needed, you can make an informed decision that feels right for you. Remember, timing is everything, and finding the perfect moment to embark on the beautiful journey of parenthood is a personal choice that only you can make.

Have any questions?

Hi, I’m Reka, the photographer behind HelloBABY Photography. If you have any questions at all please do not hesitate to get in touch via email on contact@hellobaby.com.au or by booking your consultation below.

Newborn photographer, Reka Choy, posing for a portrait in a dusty pink dress.

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