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‘He Doesn’t Want Another Baby But I Do!’ 8 Things to Do When Your Partner’s Done

You’re feeling clucky. Someone you know has just had a baby, and holding the tiny, squishy infant makes your ovaries explode. You yearn for your own little bundle of joy again, so you approach your partner and excitedly tell them you’re ready for another baby.

You talk about how fun it will be to smell that baby smell and watch a small replica of you both discover the world around them. And then… your partner says no, he doesn’t want another baby. How do you resolve conflict with your partner when they say your family is complete?

Is your family complete? 8 ways to gently confront your partner when he doesn’t want another baby

1. Reflect on your current family dynamic

Reflecting on your current family dynamic can provide valuable insights into whether you both feel fulfilled with the children you already have. Take stock of the joys and challenges of parenting, as well as each child’s unique qualities and needs. Discuss what aspects of your family life bring you the most joy and fulfilment and whether you feel there is room for more children without compromising that. This introspection can help you clarify your priorities and values as a family.

You might be thinking about having another baby, but really, you’d be having another child — another nine months of pregnancy and at least 18 years of active parenting. Before starting any conversations about expanding your family, you need to understand why you want another baby.

Is it because you genuinely want to do morning sickness, pregnancy, labour, and parenthood again? Or is there a void in your life you’re trying to fill? It could be unresolved trauma, fear of loss or change (quite common in younger empty nesters), or do you need a distraction from something?

2. Openly communicate with your partner about why he doesn’t want another baby

Sitting down with your partner to have an open and honest conversation about your desire to expand your family may help resolve conflict. Express your feelings and listen to their concerns as well. It’s important to fully understand each other’s perspectives.

3. Use empathy and understanding

Try to understand the underlying reasons behind your partner’s reluctance to have more children and share your reasons for wanting more. Understanding each other’s motivations can help resolve conflict and find common ground.

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It can be hard to empathise with your partner when he doesn’t want another baby. Source: Bigstock

4. Think about the physical changes to your body

It’s important to consider the physical challenges of having another baby. If you are older, the risks associated with pregnancy increase. Is your body and partner up for months of sleepless nights again?

Sure, it’s all milk-drunk smiles, sleepy cuddles, and learning new things. But it’s also teething, tantrums, and teenagers who think they know best.

5. Consider the financial implications

Finances play a significant role in family planning. Assess your current financial situation and discuss the potential implications of expanding your family. Consider factors such as childcare costs, education expenses, healthcare, housing needs, and any other financial commitments. It’s important to ensure that both you and your partner feel financially prepared to support additional children and that you’re comfortable with the sacrifices and adjustments that may be necessary.

6. Compromise

Relationships often involve finding a middle ground on important issues, and deciding on the size of your family is no exception. Exploring potential compromises that can honour both of your desires can help resolve conflict. For example, you could discuss timelines for having another child, agree to revisit the topic in the future or consider alternative options such as adoption or fostering. Maybe get a pet and pour the nurturing into a puppy, kitten, or other pet.

Remember that compromise doesn’t mean sacrificing your own needs entirely but finding creative solutions that can satisfy both parties to some extent.

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Compromise might be key when he doesn’t want another baby. Source: Bigstock

7. Talk to someone outside of your relationship

If you find it challenging to come to a resolution on your own, consider seeking the guidance of a family therapist or counsellor. Not only can they help you find the motivation for your urge to have another baby, but a neutral third party can help facilitate productive discussions between you and your partner and offer insights that may not have been apparent before.

8. Respect each other’s choices

Ultimately, respecting each other’s autonomy and choices is critical, even if you don’t entirely agree. Acknowledge that you both have valid perspectives and that finding a solution that respects both of your wishes is key to maintaining a healthy and harmonious relationship. Avoid resorting to ultimatums or coercion, as these tactics can breed resentment and undermine trust. Instead, focus on fostering mutual respect, empathy, and understanding as you navigate this decision together.

The most important thing is to prioritise the wellbeing and happiness of both you, your partner, and your existing children as you move forward in your family planning journey. This consideration extends beyond individual desires for more children or maintaining the current family size. It encompasses the broader impact that any decision will have on the family unit as a whole.

By considering the needs and feelings of all family members, you can ensure that any choices made regarding family planning are in the best interests of everyone involved.

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Tina Evans is a complete introvert, an avid reader of romance novels, horror novels and psychological thrillers. She’s a writer, movie viewer, and manager of the house menagerie: three kelpies, one cat, a fish, and a snake. She loves baking and cooking and using her kids as guinea pigs. She was a teenage parent and has learned a lot in twenty-three years of parenting. Tina loves Christmas and would love to experience a white Christmas once in her life. Aside from writing romance novels, she is passionate about feminism, equality, sci-fi, action movies and doing her part to help the planet.

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