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What It’s Really Like Having Three Kids Close in Age

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Having three close in age….

People often ask me what it’s like having three little ones so close in age. My girls are 1 year apart and then we have my son who is 2 years apart from my youngest girl. I am not going to sugar coat it, some days this mama doesn’t have it all together.

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I get tired. A LOT.

I get frustrated. 

I get overwhelmed. 

It’s expected. 

And yes, I get the looks. You know those looks that one gives when they’re thinking to themselves…

Are those all hers?

Or maybe something like Wow, she has her hands full.

I get those looks all the time, especially when I’m out shopping by myself or when I’m pushing around a boat of a cart trying to keep everyone inside it while also trying to grab something off a shelf.

It’s not always easy. Some days can be a circus, but for the most part, it’s easier than you probably think.

what its really like having kids so close in age

Here are 5 reasons why it’s easier to have kids close in age:

  1. Breastfeeding – If you are breastfeeding one while the other one comes, you won’t need to wait for your milk to come in! This happened with my girls. My oldest was 14 months old when her sister came into this world. Her little sis didn’t have to wait a second before she enjoyed an abundant flow of mama’s milk.
  2. Save money – While it might seem that kids close in age would be more expensive, I have actually found the opposite to be true. We have been able to reuse most of everything from our first born. The durable, long-lasting items like strollers, high chairs, and even car seats were in almost perfect condition after our first and even now years later we are using them with our son. Yes, my son eats from a pink high chair. 🙂 Also, you won’t need to adjust your budget since you are already budgeting for baby food and diapers. You also won’t need to spend tons of money on brand new baby necessities and even clothes if you have the same gender like we did.
  3. Family trips are easier – At least they will be! One thing I am looking forward to is family vacations when the kids get older because all the kids will be the same age at around the same time. Everyone will be able to enjoy the same types of family vacations and we won’t have to worry about having to take out two kids plus a baby.
  4. Bond & Playtime – There will be more playtime amongst the kids because they are so close in age. They will be entertained by the same activities and toys, mostly, which means more mama time which becomes essential when parenting multiple little ones.
  5. Pregnancy – Although pregnancy is beautiful, precious and fleeting, it can be hard for some mamas. Knowing that you have the pregnancy phase of life behind you after just a few years, allowing you time to enjoy your babies as they grow together, might seem appealing to some, especially those moms who struggle with post-partum issues.

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Thank you to BOB Gear for sponsoring this post. When you have multiple little ones you need the right gear and our BOB 2016 Revolution Pro Duallie has come through time and time again. If you have little ones close in age mama’s then you need one! We have taken it everywhere with us – parks, theme parks, malls, shopping – everywhere! This is our double stroller but as you can see, sometimes even our oldest hitches a ride!

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  • Reply
    May 10, 2017 at 11:39 pm

    My sister has three beautiful kids and they are pretty close in age. The beauty of it is that, she was done with the hard part of parenting well before 30, and was able to focus on some other aspect of her life, now she looks very young as compared to her age.

    And the kids enjoy each others company. Of the truth, it might be hard raising them when they’re young, and also considering when they start going to school and all, the expenses might be very high, because there is no much gap between them, But overall, I think the benefit outweighs the supposed demerit.

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    Stacie H.
    November 17, 2017 at 8:05 pm

    I also have three kids close in age and I agree, having them so close in age makes it cheaper and easier. As one has gotten out of diapers and training pants the next one is in so its a constant cost rather than an increase and decrease. They are so close, while they disagree their bond is amazing! It is stressful but I like knowing that by the time I am 30 all of my kids will be out of diapers and they will all be grown by the time I am 45. My husband and I started with babies so we will still be young and can do things together.

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