Anyone with kids 1 year 5 months apart? Advice ..

Tricia - posted on 04/19/2011 ( 5 moms have responded )




I have a 7 1/2 month old son and am planning for another baby ... anyone with children 1 year 5 months apart? Some say its nice to have them close as they grow up together though im sure it can get hectic! Advice please!


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My youngest two are 16 months apart (a year and 4 months). When the youngest is a baby it's not that hard, but when they're toddlers together it's much more challenging (at least my kids are - ages 3 and 2).

Keeping to a schedule will help a lot, as will making sure to devote time to your older one while baby is napping. Also, try to get your significant other to take some mornings so you can sleep in a bit. Let me tell you, sometimes an extra hour or two of sleep is the best medicine out there! :)

It is great in the aspect that when they get older they can/will do a lot of the same things at the same time (ex: my kids wear the same size clothes, they usually bathe together, they eat the same thing at the same time, they go to bed at the same time, etc.). Even though we didn't plan on having our younger ones this close together, it's a blessing in the end. We are done having kids (we have a total of 3 - our oldest is 8) and all of our kids are very close (in age and emotionally).

Christy - posted on 04/19/2011




My kids are 14 months apart. It has been good and bad. They fight A LOT (they are now 3 yrs, 10 months and the other 2 yrs 8 months). I had my first at 33 and the second at 34, I was in a hurry, though. If you are young and can handle the insanity of it all, go for it! I am still learning so I don't have much advice. :)

Shannon - posted on 04/19/2011




Hi Tricia, I am a mum of 5 boys and all my kids are close together and it wasn't alwas easy when they were smaller but i can tell you it was worth it as they are all older now and i wouldn't chang a thing. my kids are 12,9,8,7 and the youngest will be 6 in june. i had 3 kids in diapers and bottles at the same time and it wasn't always easy but i can tell you i thrive on being busy so if your up for the challange then bless you cause there is nothing like being a mum and having children that are so close in age that they always have some one to play with they will fight like all siblings but they will also have much more in common the closer in age they are. hope this might help.

Bonnie - posted on 04/19/2011




Mine are a year and 9 months apart (21 months). Personally I like having mine close in age. They always want to play together. For me it was an okay transition. Already had the crib, changing table, highchair, and stroller nearby. My older child wasn't jealous. It didn't overly stress me out. Like Sherri said, a good schedule will help you out.

Sherri - posted on 04/19/2011




Well mine are 18mo's apart and there isn't really any advice then you are going to need a really good schedule. It will be your lifesaver and have a really good support system for when you have to have a break.

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