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Adding to the family

So we just found out a few weeks ago that we are pregnant with our second child. Our first is only 9 months old. Has anyone had kids this close together and what are some good tips to know with having two kids within 17 months?

  • Rachel
    Dec 16, 2018

    My two little ones are twenty months apart and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’m not going to lie and say it’s so easy, because it’s not always, but it’s so fun having the little one look up to his big sister like no one else. I feel bad because with the second I do/did find myself wishing he would always advance to the next stage; just to make it “easier.” But, then I finally accepted that I should embrace the craziness and enjoy the “easy/fun” moments more then the “not so easy” because you will have more “easy/fun”. Don’t worry, enjoy the experience. 😊

  • MamaNukesYopolo
    Dec 16, 2018

    My first two are 17 months apart, and my second two (I have three) are 20 months apart. It is a lot of chaos at first but so wonderful. The two oldest are now 4 and 2.5 and they play like champs. I think the key to having two close together is just keep practicing your patient and educating yourself on toddlers growth stages. We as adults assume they’re more capable emotionally than their brains allow. I also recommend taking time when the baby is sleeping to be with the oldest. Or if you can, when feeding baby (even if nursing) sit on the floor and play blocks or read books anything to keep the older one feeling included. It’s so hard sometimes. You just want to get something done. But it’s so special too. Good luck! I always think the hardest is being pregnant with the young ones n

  • Erika
    Dec 18, 2018

    My boys are 13 months apart. They are 16 months and 3 months. Let me just say it is HARD, but I would not have it any other way. My older one will not remember a time without his little brother. The baby already loves to watch and play with his brother. The only advice I can give is stay on a routine. Both of mine thrive on routine and they’re napping at the same time during the day (which lets me maintain my sanity and patience lol) And don’t be afraid to ask for help. When my husband comes home from work and I had a particularly hard day, I tell him I need a break and go take a bath or something. You all will do great!

  • Jessica
    Dec 20, 2018

    My two boys are 16 months apart and it wasn’t always easy in the beginning but it does get better. It was helpful for me to try and get them on a similar schedule (once the baby dropped his first morning nap, which he did early on). The bond between both of them is great.. I tried to have some time for my oldest when the baby was sleeping (coloring, playdough, playing with toys) so he still was able to get my attention. I also encouraged my oldest to “help” out with the baby- giving him the binky, getting a diaper, etc so he felt included throughout the day! Good luck

  • Aye
    Dec 21, 2018

    I have a 9 month old and currently 8 months pregnant 😅 Irish twins! It’s been a definite strain on the body and emotions. However at least they’ll be close in age, and like everything there’s pros and cons