13 Signs You’re Ready for Another Baby

Thinking about trying for baby no. 2, but aren’t sure it’s the right time? Bumpies share how they knew.
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Updated February 25, 2020
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The decision to grow your family is no small thing. The addition of another baby brings big changes—for you and your partner, but also for your older child. So how can you tell if you’re really ready? Here’s how other moms knew.

“I knew I was ready for baby no. 2 when my husband finally agreed!” — Rachelle M.

“When I started packing away my one-year-old’s infant clothes.” — Jenna S.

“When my first kid is diaper-free, we’ll try again.” — Brielle N.

“I knew it was time when I started sleeping through the night again—just kidding! It was actually when my daughter got to an independent stage and I knew she could help us.” — Rebecca N.

“We just bought a house with three bedrooms and won’t be living with my parents anymore—so we’re ready!” — Amery C.

“My ovaries started aching for another one!” — Nikki H.

“My first child outgrew the baby tub last week, and I’m ready for another one now.” — Nadia K.

“I was ready for baby no. 2 when I found myself watching _A Baby Story _every day.” — Christine C.

“I realized I had far too much free time after our first child turned 3.” — Kayla J.

“My son came home from kindergarten crying one day because he didn’t have a little brother or sister to take to show-and-tell like all the other kids—talk about pressure!” — Kristi D.

“My 2-year-old son tries to help with other babies (like my niece and other friends’ newborns), so I guess it’s time.” — Kelsey C.

“I knew we should start thinking about it when my daughter put down ‘baby brother or sister’ on every birthday or Christmas wish list.” — Anke B.

“I realized I wanted another one when all I could think about were babies!”
— Chastity P.

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