Time passes and things get more serious in relationships, but one thing that’s never easy to talk about is having children. Even if you both want kids, you may feel that you are not ready. So how do you know when the time is right? Besides your own feelings, you need to respect and honor the feelings of your partner.

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Look out for these 7 signs that he’s ready to start a family:

#1. Notices your cycle

In general, men are not interested in the workings of your menstrual cycle. They think of it as something that you take care of and they think as little about as possible. So when you see that your guys has started taking in interest in where you are in your cycle or remembering important times, it likely means that he’s considering what will be necessary for having children.

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#2. Protection seems less vital

If you’ve consistently used protection like condoms or birth control in your relationship, any shift in urgency regarding protection is significant. When your guy takes a more relaxed stance on you taking your pills or buys fewer condoms, he could be imagining the possibility of having a baby with you.

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#3. Likes watching you hold babies

Look at the way he appears when you’re holding another person’s baby. If he doesn’t pay any attention and spends his time elsewhere chatting or engaging in other activities, he’s probably not baby-ready. If he observes your behavior and watches your every move while you’re holding a baby, however, get ready because he’s taking in your future role as a mother to his child.

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#4. Tells you that you’ll make a great mother

When compliments about your potential as a mother start to increase, it’s a good indication that the topic has been crossing your guy’s mind more recently. Letting you know he believes in you is his way of encouraging the situation.

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#5. More natural conversation about kids

Does baby talk seem to find its way into your conversations lately? That can only mean one thing: it’s on his mind! If he feels open and free enough to talk about the future possibility of having children, the future may be closer than you think!

#6. Merging families

Spending time with your family and inviting you into his are signs that he sees the relationship in a very serious way and is thinking about how you will move forward together. He wants both of your families to be close when you bring a child into the mix.

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#7. Enjoys his time with babies and kids

A man who enjoys spending time with children and babies is most likely very comfortable with the idea of becoming a father. When you notice your guy shift to someone who seeks out the company of young ones, prepare for the big change that will come in your life.

Men have their own way of expressing their readiness for new things. If you hear him talk about his own potential as a dad along with these other 7 signs, start painting a nursery!

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