It's not really about age. You should have or adopt a baby when you are mature, have a job, a home, are financially secure and prepared to give up much of your single person freedoms to raise a child. It would also be wise to have a partner who is also ready for a child. You can definitely use the help and support.
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Last edited at 7:32PM on 8/9/2012
Do you mean "have" a baby? Modern science shows that the human brain, especially the rational and decision-making part, is not fully developed until around age 25. I think that the average parent should be 25 or older, with a steady job, steady income, and a life partner who is as committed to taking care of the baby as the other. I believe that this is the optimal situation for raising a child.
Not to put down any younger parents or single parents -- kudos to you guys; it is much more difficult to raise a baby if you are still in school or single or both.
Once you have a job that will support both your spouse (yes, you should have a spouse) you and the baby, once you have an actual house, and when it feels right. But definitly under fourty so that there's no danger.
I personally think that you should be around 25 or older, the beginning or your 20s should be fun getting your life together and not getting into parenthood. Be 100% sure you are financially stable and you really want a child.