(Closed) Is there a shift to having children earlier again?

posted 5 years ago in Babies
  • poll: Is there a shift from waiting longer to have children to having them earlier again?
    Yes : (29 votes)
    21 %
    No : (111 votes)
    79 %
  • Post # 46
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    I guess it really depends on what you mean by “early.” In my social circle, there was one or two of my friends who had kids right after high school or in their early twenties. For the most part, my friends and I are in our mid-20s and none of us have kids yet. I always thought I would have a baby by 25, but now that I am 25, I honestly feel like waiting a couple of more years. I am thinking 27/28 is the right time for me, especially since my Fiance is only 23. 

    Post # 47
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    4426 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: December 2013

    Not that I’ve noticed, especially with my group of friends. I currently live in the Midwest and ages for children really range, with the average being mid to late-20s. I am currently pregnant with our first and will be 27 when baby arrives. I finished my Master’s at 24 and Darling Husband has worked his adult life and will be returning to school this fall (he will also be staying home with baby)- he is 27 and will still be when baby gets here. This is the earliest we considered and felt it was the right time. One other couple we know is expecting their first in about a week, but they are a bit younger than us. My two closest friends and still a 1-3 years away. 

    Post # 48
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    1534 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I think it’s related to geography and the social norms in different places.  DH is from the mid Atlantic area, and all of his friends from home got married shortly after college and had kids before too long.  We live in a major city on the East Coast, and all of our friends waited until thier 30s to have kids.  I am turning 33 next week and Darling Husband is 37, and I’m pregnant with our first.  We have some friends with kids from 0-2, and some friends who haven’t started yet.  But his friends from home have 10 year olds.

    In our area, people are often in grad school and/or enjoying the child-free life for longer– going out, traveling, etc.  The age of marriage here is higher, too.

    Post # 49
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    1480 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2015

    MrsMeowton:  Are we the same person? Lol

    Only one of my friends has a child, which she had when she was 22. Fiance has two friends that have kids – one who just turned 1 and another who’s Girlfriend is pregnant. All three were accidents lol.

    I’m 25, Fiance is 26. We both thought we’d have kids by this point, but honestly we’re waiting at least two years after the wedding to start trying (so approximately Fall 2017) if not longer. It’s hard reconciling what I thought my life would be like to what it actually is, but we really just want to enjoy being married, travel, and buy a house. And we’re happy, so I’ll just have to accept that we’ll be “older” parents 

    Post # 50
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    3870 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    FutureMrsJohnson_:  Haha, I don’t know, we might be, because one of my best friends who had her baby also had hers at 22 and so far she’s the only one in our group of friends to have a child.

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