The average age that Americans become parents has been steadily climbing for years. Today, more women between the ages of 30 and 34 are becoming first-time mothers than their counterparts aged 25 to 29, according to data from the CDC.
Overall, the average age when women have their first child is 28. That marks a significant jump from previous years: In 2000, the average age for first-time mothers was 24.9 and in 2014 it was 26.3.
As Americans wait longer to have kids, they're also giving themselves additional time to build a financial cushion. It costs approximately $233,610 to raise a child from birth through age 17, so giving yourself as much of a head start as possible is key.