The Truth About Big Sibling Age Gap

I never thought much into the whole sibling age gap. My brothers and I are all 15 months apart from one another and that is all I knew as a child. My mom wanted us close in age so we could have built in best friends.

While that doesn’t always work out for people, it did in our case. She also wanted to get the baby/toddler stage over with in one swoop – I get that. However, when I became a mom for the first time, the idea of having kids that close in age gave me anxiety.


To my surprise, pregnancy wasn’t that bad. I’m not talking about morning sickness, back aches, etc., because yes, those were bad. What I am talking about is being pregnant when you have older children in the house.

First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes the baby in a baby carriage

Having a newborn again really brings back the moments with your other children that you totally forget. All the little coos, facial expressions, grunts, tiny diapers, sweet cries, movements they make that you felt while they were still all bundled in your belly.

Time to get real

There are so many pros and cons to having a huge age gap. I know other mom’s who have had kids out of the house and in college get pregnant again, and no matter how your household looks, starting over again comes with its own struggles and rewards.


– Buying diapers again – Sleep training all over again – Exhaustion – Helping with homework and baby needing me/crying – Having your set routine being changed


– Built-in babysitter – Older kids help a lot – No need for a bunch of car seats in the car – Older kids can entertain baby in the back seat – Older kids understand

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