Things Males Should Consider Before Deciding to Have a Baby

Deciding to have a baby is one of the most difficult and important decisions a person can make. Though having a baby can bring many joys and rewards, it also changes a person’s life forever. While many men are cognizant of the benefits and drawbacks of having a baby, prospective dads have numerous things to consider.

Medical History

The man’s medical history is an important, yet often overlooked factor to consider when deciding whether or not to have a baby. The website BabyCenter.com states that men should call their parents and speak with their grandparents if possible to get more information about their medical history and health risk factors. For example, it is important to know if the man’s side of the family has a history of genetic disorders such as cystic fibrosis, Down syndrome or Tay-Sachs disease. Finding out if any babies in the family were born with defects or neural tube problems should also help the man decide whether it is a good idea to have a baby. If there is a strong history of genetic diseases in the family, he may want to consider adoption if he wants a baby.

Relationships

According to the North Carolina Healthy Start Program, men need to fully consider their relationship to the mother-to-be before they decide to have a baby. The man will be part of both the woman’s and the baby’s life forever. If a man likes a woman but isn’t sure if he wants to be with her forever, he may want to reconsider having a baby with her. Both parents are important in helping to raise a child.

Time Priorities

Analyzing true priorities is essential for all men who are considering having a baby. The North Carolina Healthy Start Program states that men need to think about what’s important in their lives, whether it’s love, their job, partying, going to school or money. Some of these things are good influences on a person’s life, while others aren’t. Regardless, these things may all get pushed to the back burner as soon as a baby comes into the man’s life. He will also have to give up time that he uses for fun things like relaxing, entertainment or sports so that he can devote more time to raise the baby.

Finances

Considering income, savings and expenses is also necessary for men before they decide to have a baby. Men may not realize just how expensive raising a baby and a child can be. BabyCenter.com states that it can cost several hundred thousand dollars to raise a child from birth to the age of 17. Men considering having a baby should start saving money as soon as possible.

About this Author

Sarah Davis earned her bachelor’s degree in nutrition from San Diego State University. She has worked in nutrition in the clinical setting and currently works as a licensed Realtor in California. Davis began writing about nutrition in 2006 and had two chapters published in “The Grocery Store Diet” book in 2009. She enjoys writing about nutrition and real estate and managing her website, RealtorSD.com.