The Pros and Cons of having a Third Child

I have a 2-year-old and an 11 week old. Two children. An even number. Would I consider having a third child? What are the pros and cons of having a third child? I’m the second of four. My mum had us, three girls, before having a boy. As you can see I’m from a family of six and wouldn’t have changed it for the world. It was great fun growing up in a large family. We obviously were not The Duggars that’s crazy!

Pros and Cons of having a Third Child

But would having just one more baby enrich our lives further?

Here are the pros and cons of having a third child


  • I love babies and breastfeeding. It’s hard to think this could be the last time experiencing this.
  • They say the 3rd child just fits straight in. Apparently it’s harder going from 1 to 2 children.
  • Look at the bigger picture – Having a house full of children and going on adventures, the baby/toddler phase soon ends.
  • The kids having close bonds with their siblings and always someone to play with.


  • We have a 3-bed house so where would the third child sleep?
  • Not possible to fit 3 car seats in my smallish car.
  • Dividing my time between three of them.
  • Argh, the newborn stage again?
  • Sleepless nights all over.
  • Could my body take a 3rd pregnancy? After my first c-section, they left me with really bad scarring, severe loss of blood, and scar tissue. Plus they made the incision really far up to get the baby girl out asap. It could be classed as medical negligence due to errors made in surgery, which prevents me from having more children.
  • Difficulty in choosing new stuff. For example, there are so many models of baby carriers on the market, so it’s really hard to choose the right carrier for the toddler.
  • Affordability – having another means I will have to give up my day job. But could we afford to drop my wage?

By going through our pros and cons we have decided 2 children is the right number for us. We are finished having children and our family is complete. I am now sorting out the 0-3-month-old baby clothes ready to sell as we won’t be needing them anymore.

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Pros and Cons of having a Third Child


Here are the links to my first and second birth stories.

What do you think about having a third child?

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6 thoughts on “The Pros and Cons of having a Third Child

  1. There are fab pros and cons . I’ve just had my 3rd, he did just fit straight in, I had to change my car though and some days I’m so tired I could cry, there’s never enough time in a day and I do feel I’m not spending enough time time with my other 2 and teaching them things. But I do love seeing the older 2 taking to my baby and I’m sure they’ll be great friends when they’re older. I have3 under 4.

  2. The aunt of one of my friends desparately wanted a girl, and ended up with 5 boys before she finally had a baby girl. I often wonder how many boys it would have taken for her to stop, she could probably have had her own football team!

  3. It’s a very big decision. I am pleased to see that you included the question over whether you could physically manage a third pregnancy as mismanaged childbirths are not spoken about openly enough or often enough.

  4. It’s what’s best for you I had 2 Girls and was happy with that but couldn’t have anymore anyway . Mine are grown up now and I have one lovely little grandson . Enjoy your lovely girls x

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