How old do you consider too young/old to have a baby?

posted 3 years ago in Married Life
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

1. I’d say anyone in high school is too young to have a baby, regardless of gender. But then there are some that say women in their 20’s are too young too, so I dunno.

2. While it isn’t as unusual for women these days to have babies well into their 40’s, I think over the age of 45, but simply because I would not want to have a child in my 40’s, or even my 30’s for that matter. But if a woman wants to, then that is her choice.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

24 & Under-TOO YOUNG

 

38 & over -TOO OLD.

 

Just my opinion. 

 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee

@PinkMermaid:  That’s about what I was thinking.

I think the young part depends more on maturity level, I know plenty of people over 24 who are not ready at all to have kids because they’re so immature still.

 

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

*Fingers crossed this thread doesn’t turn ugly*

 

I think perhaps 21 and under might be too young, and 46/47 and above is too old. Always exceptions to this here and there of course, but I think mid-20s to mid-30s might be the ideal times for starting a family. 

Post # 8
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Honey bee

For me, personally:

24 and under: too young

40 and older: too old (for child’s health concerns)

Post # 9
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Helper bee

As a general rule, under 24 (too young), over 45 (too old).

Post # 10
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Honey bee

For me, personally:

24 and under: too young

40 and older: too old (for child’s health concerns)

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

25- too young

40- too old

just my opinion 🙂

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

double post

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 1998

Well I did have my first child at 22 but I do think these days it’s too young!

I think under 24 is too young

Over 38 is too old 

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee

I think maturity, financially stability etc. has a huge impact on what is ‘too young/old’, but if I had to put an age on it, I would say 24 and under is too young as your ‘life experience’ is limited and over 38 is too old because of health implications.

ETA: I’m not at all suggesting that people younger than 24 or older than 38 cannot be wonderful parents and raise well adjusted, happy, kind children, nor that people between these ages will automatically be great parents, I just think that it’s not the best decision to make.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Under 18 is too young

35+ is too old

Having said that, I know quite a few young mothers who have done a fantastic job raising their child (in some cases, the child has caused them to grow up and get their lives on track more than the probably would have otherwise).

I’m really not a fan of having children later in life – health risks aside, my dad was born when his dad was 59, so pretty much all his memories of his dad are him dying (to be fair, grandad died at 60 of cancer). I’m 25, my parents are 53, they’re already grandparents and the kids have all moved out, so they’ve spent the last few years travelling the world and enjoying life. That’s how I would rather spend those years of my life – knowing I’ve raised my children, sent them into the world, and I can enjoy the rest of my life as I head into retirement.

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@HappyBride827:  I would say being out of highschool should be a requirement. But as far as being older than highschool it really depends on when you’re both ready and mature enough to hand your life over to a baby. Because babies and children are hard work and they take time and money. Don’t get me wrong, they’re lots of fun too, but it’s not all play time. Sometimes you have to forfeit your wants for the child’s needs. Too old, for me, too old is over 30. But that’s just me. I had my last child (last as in had my tubes tied) when I was 29 and I cannot imagine having another child now. I’m tired already! I personally would be upset if I somehow magically became pregnant at 40. But that’s just me and my personal life. I don’t think it’s wrong or look down on a woman who has a child at or over 40. 

I am almost 36.

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