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  1. #11
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    Dec 2011
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    My little sister and I were 2.5 years apart and I LOVE being that close in age. The best year of my life was when I was in 12th grade and she was in 9th and we were finally in the same school. She is my best friend and I think if there were much more of a difference, we wouldn't be as close.

    I definitely want my kids close together like that. It seems like I am in the minority, though!

    Sierra Ann
    No babies yet, just novel babies!
    Charlie, August, Jonas, Lincoln, Beckett, Whittaker
    Aurelie, Carolina, Lorelei, Selah, Annelie, Coralie
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  2. #12
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    Feb 2012
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    I think it is best to have them either very close together ie) less than 18 months apart, or more than 4 years apart. I think children adjust best either when they are too young to realize that they are no longer the sole center of attention or when they are old enough to understand what is happening and get to feel special to become a big brother/sister and feel like they can help. Also at 4years or over they also have some interests outside the home. As I don't want to strech the process of raising children out, my first and second are 14 months apart and the twins I am expecting are due when my second son will be 19months.

  3. #13
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    Mar 2012
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    Great question! I don't really like when kids are within a year of eac hother for some reason, but I think 2 years is perfect, 4 or 5 years max. My siblings are 13 years, 10 years and 8 years older than me and I am not close with any of them. I have always wished I had a brother or sister close to me age!
    Anja Evangeline.
    Roman Evander.

  4. #14
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    Nov 2011
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    Two to three years apart would be ideal for me, especially since I want at least four kids. Any more than that and I'd feel too rushed to have them before menopause kicks in. Any less and it would probably drive me crazy.
    Annie, mid-twenties, vegetarian, name lover. No kids yet, just two furbabies - Roxy & Layla.
    Top favorites for a girl: Beatrice Lily, Charlotte Amelia, Clara Louisa, Eliza Ruby, Josephine Alice, Katherine Annabel, Lillian Audrey, Margaret Helena, Matilda Iris, Philippa Violet
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  5. #15
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    Feb 2012
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    The age separation in my family is:
    Me
    1 1/2 years
    My sister
    2 1/2 years
    My brother
    3 years
    My sister
    4 years ( they waited longer before my last sister because they thought they werent having any more kids but decided to anyway)
    My sister

    I love being close in age with my siblings, of course we argued! But we had great times too. And we can share experiences and stories and I am super close with my sister (the one next after me) and we're very different but we can related because of the experiences we had together! I love it!

    Personally, I like every 2 years or so like my parents but I've seen all sorts of things and the parents are usually happy with their decision.
    Baby Hernández is due Nov. 22!!

  6. #16
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    Nov 2011
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    I'm surprised at a lot of that answers on here....

    I'm due November and that will give me a little over 3 years between babies. And I'm the weird one. All my friends with children my daughter's age have gone on to have second kids much sooner that I have. I find lots of people want small age gaps so their kids can "grow up together".

    Me, I always wanted a bigger gap than that. Ideally I'd like my daughter toilet trained before our second is born.
    Mother to Evelyn Heather and Callum Richard

    Currently loving: Annabel, Hamish, Bethany, Liam, Violet, Lachlan, Isla, Lennon, Amelie, Callum, Claire, Reuben, Fiona, Rowan, Aurora, Connor, Ever

  7. #17
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    May 2011
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    There's only about a year and a half between me and my brother and we hated each other growing up. I don't think a close age necessarily guarantees they'll be friends. I grew up with friends who were 4, 5 even 6 years different, and were much closer than I ever was with my brother.

    My opinion is that there's no 'right' amount of time, since for every person/couple the right time is different.
    Personally I want three children, with the first two being 3 years apart and the next two either 2 or 3 so that the max difference from oldest to youngest is 6. We'll see though I guess! ;P
    Luna

  8. #18
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    Jun 2011
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    There's 3 years, 2 months and 1 day between my brother and me. I've always liked the gap. I think it worked out well.

    Between my two step-siblings there is a 10 month difference, which I always found REALLY WEIRD. They were in the same year at school because of how their birthdays worked out and they've always been super close with each other, to the point that they didn't bother making many friends and stuff because they had each other.

    I have a half-sister through my mum who is 5 and i've never really felt close to her at all. I don't know whether it's the 15 year age gap or because we grew up different houses, but i've just never really been close to her at all. I don't take her out or play with her etc, and I find it weird that my little girl has an aunty whose not that much older than her, although I suppose when their older they'll get on well.




    I think if I had anymore little'uns a 2-3 year gap would be my ideal.
    Maylea Olivia - My Milly Moo - 28/10/2011.
    Surprise Bump! - 20 weeks tomorrow - Due 15/12/2013!

  9. #19
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    Dec 2011
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    My girls are three years apart, and now I'm expecting a third girl and she's three years from the youngest (2006,2009,2012). I'd say the negative of a 3 year gap is your baby is just getting out of diapers and becoming independent and then POW you have to do all over again! lol I love it though!

  10. #20
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    Feb 2012
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    For me, personally, I am thinking three/four years in between each kiddo. I think it'll be easier on me while they're small, so I can spend enough attention towards each child that they deserve. At four normally the kid goes to a couple hours of preeschool/K-4 and all, so that'd be time for me to bond with baby. But its not a HUGE age difference, where the kids wouldn't ever be able to play with each other or relate at all. Though I still do like the idea of a little bit closer, like two years apart.

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