I didn't have 2 under 2, my daughter was 2 and 4 months when my son was born. We had him in our room for the first 4 months so she wasn't bothered by him. Then he started STTN and they share a room so it didn't bother her. She really loved him from the get go and still does, always wanted to help and still does. So i've had a great experience with a small age gap.
DD1 was 22 months when DD2 was born. DD1 is now 2 and DD2 is 8 weeks. Thankfully our bedroom is above our eldest's so baby doesn't wake her, and our baby is pretty chilled out and rarely fusses so we've had a fairly easy ride.
I know some people say its harder adjusting to 2 than it was to adjust to 1 but for me it was much easier with number 2, I can't say that I find it any harder than with 1 really.
I had 2 under 2, and at first my youngest slept really well despite my eldest clonking about with his toys haha, he still does now and they are both light sleepers, my eldest won't nap unless he is out and my youngest rarely naps.
Its difficult but fun aswell, nighttime can be a challenge as my eldest wakes up at 5am and my youngest doesn't go to bed until 11pm yet lies in until 9am! So sleep is abit unexistant, i'm expecting #3 now so will just miss the 3 under 3 mark!
So admittedly I dont know what its like going from 1 to 2, I only know what its like to have 2, so I know it must be tough to get used to the change, but as long as you keep up a good routine, its really not bad because the closer they are in age gap, the better they get along! My twins are best friends, they are inseperable Xx
I did, mine are 17 1/2 months difference. There will be 26 1/2 months between my youngest and new baby I am pregnant with at the moment.
Personally would not change the small age gap. They have no cousins or anything of a similar age so we planned a small age gap so they would grow up together. It was really hard in the beginning, juggling a newborn with a current child's routine isn't always straight forward!! And my pregnancy with my second, I was affected by SPD from 25 weeks so that made it incredibly hard to still run around after a toddler! Now, I have a very nearly 3 1/2 year old and a very nearly 2 year old and they get on extremely well. They love playing together and are very protective of each other. I know I've made the right decision with them to have them close in age, even if at times it hasn't and isn't easy!
EDIT: bedtimes have always been a problem for my second, he's never been a good sleeper so we kept him in our room until he was about 19/20 ish months old so he wouldn't wake my daughter. Looking back I wish we had moved him sooner, but at the same time yes he probably would have continuously woken my daughter up.
Unfortunately when Max was born Harriet couldn't walk nor was she sleeping through the night and some nights I wouldn't be in bed until 4am due to feeding each child and then sorting them out etc. they woke every 1-2hrs and were alternate! Luckily it did pass and having them so close together was definitely worth it x
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