What is a good age gap?

Naomi - posted on 12/14/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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Hi there, I'm justwondering what sort of age gap people recommend between their children and how many of the December 08 mums are already pregnant/thinking of having another soon?

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Natasha - posted on 12/15/2009

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We are trying now. If I fall pregnant straight away there will be 21 month gap. I wanted areound 2 years gap, so I figure starting now will give a good buffer for around the 2 year mark.

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Hi Naomi,

There will never be the "right" time to have baby number two. People will tell you horror storys about having them close or having them far apart. My mum is a prime example of this hahaha.

We had our first baby on Dec 5, 08 and i fell pregnant while breastfeeding 8 weeks later and had another gorgeous baby girl on 29 October 09. So they are 10 months 3 weeks apart. Emily is 7 weeks old now and it has had its moments, but i would not change it for a million dollars. My youngest already understands "gentle" and "give Emily a kiss" and from a 1 yr old its so cute it brings a tear to your eye, the affection she shows her baby sister is nothing short of amazing.

Follow your heart. It will have its challenging times 11 months apart or 5 years apart, theres always a situation you will run into that may leave you frazzled!

Monika
xox

Marilyn - posted on 12/15/2009

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I am 11 weeks pregnant with my second one. My first will turn one on Dec. 18th. They will be 18 months apart. I think that it will be perfect because he will still be too young to be jealous. But I will not know til this one is born. I agree with the others there is no "perfect" age gap. Everyone is different! Good luck with everything!

Kirsty - posted on 12/15/2009

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hello,my son just turned 1 on the 5th dec and we are currently 18 weeks pregnant. there will be 17 months between the too of them. we started trying again for another one because we wanted to have 2 kids close together, we didnt think it would happen quiet so quickly, we fell pregnant pretty much straight away. but in saying that i wouldnt change a thing.
just from people giving me advice, the ones that have been in my situation, they say it kind of like having twins becasue they go thought the same stages in growing up together.
but will let you know wat i think wen the little one arrives.
goodluck if you thinking of having another one
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Lydia - posted on 12/14/2009

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There is no "right" age gap. Iknow people who loved having kids close together and I know people who are glad they had their kids up to a decade apart. The only thing that matters is that you wait until you are willing and able to take on one more child. We are trying for number 2 (have for a few months now) because I dont want to have kids after I reach 35 and if it takes as long fornumber 2 as number one then we dont have the luxury of waiting. Everyones situation is different - and all kids responses to having a sibling are different. Go with what feels right for you :)

Alanna - posted on 12/14/2009

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Hi there :)

I dont really have the right advice for this, just an opinion I suppose.

My daughter was 4 1/2 when I had my son, they are so cute together but I wish they were closer in age..on the other hand, I had my third baby November 30th, my december baby had just turned 11 months 5 days prior!!! I dont know about the age gap there since its so new, all I know is absolutely LOVE it that they will be so close in age!!! Most people I have talked to say 2-2 1/2 years apart is a good gap.

Happy baby makin!

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