1. It's great to "get it all over with" at once.
The newborn phase can be so difficult and the idea of waiting years in between and settling into the ease of older children only to start over sounds tough. You don't get a chance to know life after the baby phase when you just start it up again right away with another kid!
2. Your baby items all stay current.
Car seats expire and safety standards and recalls are changing all the time. The closer the space between your kids, the better the chances that all of your baby stuff is up to code.
3. You never get used to sleeping before the next kid comes.
Now that my kids are seven and five, the idea of returning to the newborn days of no sleep terrifies me. When you settle back in to life with sleep, I imagine it's hard to go back to not getting any.
4. The kids have a good chance of being buddies.
There are no guarantees and I know plenty of siblings close in age that don't get along but I suppose chances are better that kids will be friends if they can play together sooner rather than later.
5. You can sell all the baby stuff after a brief period.
I have nowhere I could have stored the exersaucer, crib, swing, giant stroller, etc. between kids. They were all in fairly active use and only stuck in the spare room for a brief period before being put to use again for our second child.
6. The kids might like the same activities.
As of now, our kids have played two different sports together and are attending the same camps this summer. It's convenient for us but also, they draw a lot of comfort from each other. I'm glad to know they are together at times where we aren't with them.
7. You don't have to lose baby weight twice (at least not completely.)
I didn't lose all the baby weight before becoming pregnant again with my son and for me, that was a good thing. Now that I've been out of the pregnancy game for so long, the idea of my body going through all those changes again is a bit daunting. I'm glad I got my three years of wearing my maternity jeans all over with at once before (trying) to get back to normal.
8. You stay fresh with school knowledge.
Now that mine are in school, I see how easily I breezed through kindergarten orientation and the first weeks of school because in two years, not much had changed. I doubt the same could be said if it had been several years in between. It was nice to feel in-the-know the second time around.
9. The "sick years" are over with all at once.
Kids tend to go through that immunity-building phase in the toddler years where they are sick all the time. We weathered the storm with ours one after the other. I'm glad we didn't have to revisit it all over again.
10. You only need suffer kiddie TV for a few years.
The Yo Gabba Gabba and Thomas the Train years were dark ones in our house but at least I know we don't have to listen to it again in a few years.
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