Mumsnet Logo
My feed

to access all these features


How many children would you have ideally?

222 replies

AWitchCalledMeg · 10/07/2017 19:54

I mean ideally as in no time/age/money/fertility/cultural conventions/partner/lack of support etc barriers. How many would you have/have had?
For me.. about 6 or 7. I have two and one on way but have always loved the idea of big family.

OP posts:

AWitchCalledMeg · 10/07/2017 19:55

*one on the way

OP posts:

Ilovecoleslaw · 10/07/2017 19:56

2 for me and dp, always been our perfect number


Coddiwomple · 10/07/2017 19:58

6, I love big families.

I stopped at 4, purely for financial reasons!


NellieFiveBellies · 10/07/2017 19:58

This reply has been deleted

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

NoArmaniNoPunani · 10/07/2017 19:58

I only have one. I would like 2 but it's not going to happen


Sierra259 · 10/07/2017 19:59

2, and I have 2.


SexLubeAndAFishSlice · 10/07/2017 19:59

This reply has been deleted

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

GingerAndTheBiscuits · 10/07/2017 20:00

I always said 4 but now with two regardless of material reasons I know I couldn't give the same attention to a third, so 2 feels right for me.


Vinorosso74 · 10/07/2017 20:00

2 one of each. I know, I know!


Aquamarine1029 · 10/07/2017 20:00

2 and I have 2.


sysysysref · 10/07/2017 20:00

3 and i have 3. Nothing would entice me to have more


RickOShay · 10/07/2017 20:01

four. lovely number. Left it too late though, but did manage three.


lilydaisyrose · 10/07/2017 20:02

I have 3 and would have 4 or 5 if I was younger & richer.


SilentBob · 10/07/2017 20:03

Exactly what NoArmaniNoPunani said, sadly.


Ridingthegravytrain · 10/07/2017 20:04

One (I have two) Wink


NameChanger22 · 10/07/2017 20:04

Ideally I'd have one. I have one.


BertAndKhloe · 10/07/2017 20:04

One and I have her. I only ever wanted one daughter since I was a little girl playing mummy and daddy. No more. Never ever ever!


DramaAlpaca · 10/07/2017 20:04

I'd have liked four, but three turned out to be the right number for me.


SuperBeagle · 10/07/2017 20:05


I have 4. 😳


Elllicam · 10/07/2017 20:07

  1. I have 3 now, hopefully time for one more.

sausagepastapot · 10/07/2017 20:07

Ideally 4, but I have two and we are not having any more for loads of reasons.


Rufustherenegadereindeer1 · 10/07/2017 20:07


We have three

I had a miscarriage between 1 and 2 and by the time 3 came we felt that the age gap between 1 and a potential 4 would be to big (for us, it would be 8+years)


NoodleNinja · 10/07/2017 20:08

I have 3 and I think that's pretty perfect BUT if I could be assured a girl I would love to give DD a little sister as she has 2 big brothers who are 9 and 13 years older than her. We can't have any more though so we are very content with our three.

And 3 fit nicely in a car/holidays etc :D


early30smum · 10/07/2017 20:08

I'd love to have 4 barring all the barriers you listed, OP. We have 2 and will 95% likely be stopping there.


Tilapia · 10/07/2017 20:08

3 and I have 3. At one point I tried to persuade DH to go for a 4th, but now very pleased he said no! Three is perfect for me.

Please create an account

To comment on this thread you need to create a Mumsnet account.

Sign up to continue reading

Mumsnet's better when you're logged in. You can customise your experience and access way more features like messaging, watch and hide threads, voting and much more.

Already signed up?