New year new plan - should you have a baby in the new year?

With 2017 here you may be thinking it is time to expand your family and add a baby into the mix. Deciding to start a family can be a difficult decision, but if you devise a plan, then the process and preparation can be a lot easier.

First and foremost, you should discuss it with your significant other. Are the two of you ready? Are you emotionally and physically ready? Are you both on the same page when it comes to children? This includes names, genders, and discipline to name a few. One of the most important things is realizing that you will have to sacrifice a lot for your little bundle of joy. Are you ready to stop going out to dinner every night and drinking to have a new baby?

Are you financially ready to take care of a baby? The best way to determine this is by estimating how many baby supplies, such as clothing, diapers, and furniture, are going to cost and budget them into your life. Don’t forget about budgeting for the future too; you may need daycare during the day which can come with a hefty price tag, or you may want to start a college fund the day the baby is born.  

Parenting courses are something that you may want to take into consideration when deciding if you want a baby. If you’ve never been around a baby, you may not know what you’re in for. Try babysitting a niece or nephew or a friend’s child and if that can’t happen to consider parenting classes. The information you get will be very helpful for the future, regardless if you have babysat or not.

Can you handle the unexpected? As much as you try to prepare, a baby is a leap of faith. You can do all the reading and research on childbirth, but you won’t understand it until it happens to you. Before starting a family, you need to decide if you can face the unexpected head on and be alright with the outcome or if it will break you.

If you do plan on getting pregnant in the new year a great device to try is an ovulation predictor. Ovulation predictors are a great tool because they help take the stress away from trying to figure out when you are ovulating. A great one to try is YONO in-ear ovulation predictor.  

These are just a few tips to help you plan your future and deciding if you want to have a baby in the new year and if you are ready for a new baby in the new year.