Married since 1997, Robert De Niro and Grace Hightower recently welcomed a new baby girl into the world via a surrogate mother.  Helen Grace Hightower joins the couple’s son Eliot, which is 13-years old.  In addition, De Niro has four older children from two previous relationships.  According to RadarOnline, the couple’s daughter weighed in at a healthy birth weight of 7lbs, 2oz.

What are some things to consider when you’re deciding when to have children?

Cupid’s Advice:

Having kids is a big decision, and it’s not one that should be taken lightly.  If possible, think through all of the negatives and positives before settling on a decision.  Here are some things to consider:

1. Money: A baby costs money.  There’s baby supplies, nursery items and even hospital costs.  Making sure you can afford to have a baby and that you have reliable income to raise your child is important.

2. Strong relationship: Is your relationship or marriage strong enough to withstand the stress of having a child?  As long as you and your partner are completely committed to having kids, there shouldn’t be negative affects on your relationship.

3. Stable home: Do you like to travel or are you more apt to stay in one place?  A stable home is crucial to raising a child in a healthy environment.

What are some things you considered before having a child? Share your thoughts below.