The Right Way To Space Siblings (For You)

The Right Way To Space Siblings (For You)

Carrie McBride
Jun 18, 2009

A friend recently announced her second pregnancy and she wasn't exactly...joyful. It was unplanned and her first child is not yet a year old. She's beginning to wrap her head around the idea and is getting excited, but her worries about spreading herself too thin, taking a second maternity leave so soon, how her nanny will react and how her son will respond to the loss of undivided parental attention are certainly not unwarranted. It's too late for her, but for anyone else entertaining welcoming more children, you may be interested in a recent article about the pros and cons of spacing siblings at different intervals.

With three daughters spaced thirteen and eighteen months apart, our mother swears that having kids so close in age made things easier. We're not sure we believe her.

For the full article with the good, the bad and the ugly about the "two under two," "three years apart," and "four years or more" age splits, visit

What's the ideal sibling spacing for you?

(Photo: by Flickr member blueraine tigerseye licensed for use under Creative Commons.)

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