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Are you and your partner deciding when to have children? Not only when to have your first one, but also, when to have the second one in relation to the first one? Some couples are eager to get their brood started right away and anxious to get the pregnancies over with, while some women dread the idea of being pregnant for most of the year, several years in a row. These are both valid points. You may have friends with siblings that are a good decade older than them, and you may have friends that are barely a year apart from their sister or brother. You’ve watched how these age gaps affect their relationships differently and wondered what would be best for your own kids. Here are the pros and cons of having children very close in age.


They can share a room for a while

You can usually convince little kids to share a bedroom up until they are nine or ten years old. That means that, if you and your partner cannot yet afford a three or four-bedroom home, you have a little more time to save up. Meanwhile, it’s very hard to convince an 11-year-old child to share a room with a toddler. As kids approach their preteens, they want their own space, and they’re on drastically different sleep schedules than little kids.

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