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How long should you be together before making a baby?

Three months seems to be the norm in celeb-land, but is it too soon to really know that you want to be parents together?

Posted: 30 August 2011
by Daniella Delaney
Alex Reid
Alex Reid reckons he's ready to make babies with Chantelle Houghton after just three months together

Is there a minimum time a couple should be together before they're ready to start a family? I only ask because we've just heard the news that Katie Price's ex, Alex Reid, and reality TV babe Chantelle Houghton have been talking about how they're ready to have a baby together. Now this is a couple that has been dating since May. That's just three months. But lo and behold, Alex has been telling the Daily Mail:

"I'm ready for kids. I'm ready now and I think she's the right girl. We need to sort living arrangements and get a few things in order. I just know I've found the right person."

Hopeless romantic or just really shortsighted? You'd think after his experience with Katie Price he'd be wanting to put the brakes on. It was just nine months ago that he and Katie were trying to conceive. Remember this talk about his Superman sperm and how the two of them visited an IVF clinic together? Ditto Chantelle, who's no stranger to marital heartbreak with her recent failed married to Ordinary Boy and BB alumni Preston behind her.

I know things move faster in Celebland. You only have to look at lightening-quick possible pregnancy rumour number two. It seems everybody's hinting that our favourite Friend and unlucky in love actress Jennifer Aniston is expecting a baby with partner Justin Theroux. I don't think it's news to anybody that Jen is desperate for a baby. But this is a couple that in May were still denying they were even a couple.

I don't want to say 'call me old fashioned' but I think I'm going to have to. Is three months really long enough to form a lifelong bond and know that this is the person you want to raise children with? Or is it the first flush of love that we all go through. The time when our partner is still a shining white knight and your relationship is soft and fluffy with not a hint of the 'why have you left your pants on the floor again?' arguments and bitter recriminations that are to come?

What do you think?

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