Post # 17
”Ideal age” doesn’t not really exist, I think we can all agree on that, because there are so many factors that will make one decision good or ”bad”, depending on the person’s situations. But I tend to say in average age 25 and older is ideal, mainly because if you’re going to college, you’ll be 24 by the time you finish your bachelor. So it’s quite realistic to expect people over 25 to be more mature, have their degree, and have worked about a year in their field if they’re lucky, etc.
Of course now, if someone didn’t go to college and has an established job ever since she’s out of high school, she’s not in the same situation financially at 25, than someone who just finished her bachelor and has student loans, etc. Chances are she already owns her house since age 22 or 23 so I would expect her to have children younger. Now is it ideal … I don’t know. But I guess you’re more likely to have energy the younger you are, lol ! And children will be raised earlier, while she’ll be at the peak of her career, etc.
There are upsides and downsides to every age I think. But what makes it or breaks it for me is stability (in relationship, lifestyle and finances).
Post # 18
I was 26 with my first child and 34 with my second. Each were good ages for different reasons.
Post # 19
Less than 25?! Well I’m about to lose my window and am sooo not thinking baby yet.
I’d say late 20’s is when most people in my circle start thinking babies. The youngest person I personally know to have a (planned) baby was 26. I feel like the people I know just aren’t stable enough in their early twenties to bring a baby into the picture.
Post # 20
Preference for delayed parenthood increases sharply with education. Some of the sharpest differences in views toward women’s ideal age for becoming a mother are by education level. Americans with higher levels of education are more likely than those with little or no college to believe women should wait until age 26 or older to have children.
Post # 21
@ceemarie7: I am surprised that in an age where more and more women work outside the home and have careers (often not graduating from a graduate program until after 24) that many people still think the ideal age is under 25. I fall in the 26-29 range. I am not planning to TTC ’till I am 28.
Post # 22
Under 25?! Hah! I’m 27 and still feel too young to have a baby. That’s crazy.
Post # 23
I’m 23, and Darling Husband is 28!
Our baby is due in Feb. So woo, hoo! We’re ideal!
(As a white, middle-class couple with a BA and a BS between them usually are. Now we just need a dog and a house!)
Post # 24
Why even bother at the ripe “old” age of 27. I’ll be 28 before we TTC and who knows how long it will take us.
Post # 25
I don’t know how specific the question that was asked was, but there is a difference between the ideal age in terms of medical reasons or financial reasons.
Medically, I’m inclined to agree with the data. Financially, no.
Also, fact that some of us aren’t ready(myself included), doesn’t mean that late/mid 20s isn’t ideal.
Post # 26
@soy: This is true, although I thought the percentage of those women was higher. I think because of personal experience, after the inital shock I didn’t really think through WHY the poll showed what it did. It makes sense now, just very very interesting to hear facts, other people’s experiences and opinions.
@BrandNewBride: I bought my condo right after college and then got a dog ha ha. All we need is the baby 🙂 But, I’m soooo glad you posted this!!! Goes to show how much the “ideal age” can vary, we have similar demographics but are in completely different places in our lives. I’m 24 and my SO is 31. We are a white middle-class college educated couple and are no where near ready to have a baby. SO owns his own business and is using any extra money to expand, all that money will have to go to baby once it arrives so that would ruin his business plan. This is my 2nd year in my “career”, I can’t afford to take 6 weeks off (career wise or financially) and potentially a lot more or even having to quit my job if everything doesn’t go 100% according to plan or my child has medical issues. In addition, I’m not ready for the lifestyle change.
Post # 27
I think it’s a little silly to decide the “ideal” age to start a family. People are ready for the responsibilities of parenthood at different ages. I’m 30 and I am *still* not ready. I would have been a disaster of a parent if I’d had a kid in my early-to-mid 20s.
Post # 28
I would like to see what the “ideal age” is based on the age of the voters. I feel like my grandma would vote early 20’s but people my age (30) would choose later.
I know everyone is different but if I had my first baby before 25, I would be divorced or split from the father and on to the next lol that would not have worked for me at all.
Post # 29
I think it’s interesting that the average age for women to marry is about 26, whereas these people think the ideal childbearing age is 25. Hm.
Post # 30
@Mimoza: It was very general:
In your view, what is the ideal age for a woman to have her first child?
Post # 31
@SaraP2012: From the poll:
- Middle-aged show highest preference for women’s delaying parenting. The view that women should start having children before age 25 is not highly correlated with age. While adults 65 and older are the most likely to say women should start having children before they are 25 (72%), solid majorities of adults aged 18 to 29 (60%) and 50 to 64 (59%) also say this. Those least likely to believe women should start that young are those aged 30 to 49, at 49%.
@ceemarie7: Very general, indeed.