Five Year Age Gap // Video

>> Wednesday, February 15, 2017

I had some time yesterday to sit down and share some thoughts on what it's like to have two kids who are nearly 5 years apart in age. Well, they're actually 4 years and 7 months apart almost to the day. It's a question we actually get quite often when we're out and about. I don't really feel like it's a gigantic gap, but it seems to rouse some commentary.

Anyway, here's the video!

Larger age gap benefits:

  • Older kid is independent
  • Older kid can help with a lot
  • Both children get lots of one-on-one time (yay naps!)
  • One child is at school, so it's easier to work from home
  • Only one in diapers
  • No need for double gear

Larger age gap disadvantages:

  • Not at same stage, different areas of needs
  • Out of  practice with baby stuff
  • Hard to return to sleepless nights
  • Two sets of toys for different ages (small pieces! EEK!)
  • Need to respond to needs of little sometimes before helping bigger kid
  • Some items like car seats are expired and can't be reused

I probably missed some stuff. But that's the gist. I hope this is helpful whether you're considering a larger age gap between your kids or simply finding yourself in this spot due to stuff you cannot control. We're thrilled to have both of our girls -- no matter their ages. And if we do choose to have another kid (I chat about that in the video -- we are still undecided, just trying on the idea!), we'll be happy whenever he or she comes.

By the way, I am working on getting my videos to be better quality. I think I finally achieved the best I can do with my iPhone. Be sure to check out my YouTube channel to subscribe if you like these videos. And if there's anything you'd like to see me chat about, also let me know in the comments or maybe on Instagram.

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