what is baby bunching?

  • Baby Bunching™ is two years of pregnancy and back-to-back infants and toddlers with nary a break for you. Baby Bunching means chaos for you, and your little twiblings. No worries, they become good friends as a result of your bunching strategy. You will become strong, creative, organized, calm and at peace with your new lifestyle without even realizing it.

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Oct 14, 2008


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Ack, that sounds scary, 3 under 3, 4 or 5! Like Linda, I feel bad about not having enough attention to go around. We're in the opposite boat right now because the baby gets ignored more than the toddler. He is very active and gets into trouble (he goes looking for it) so I'm continuously putting the baby down on the floor to save my older kid from whatever trouble he's gotten into (kitchen table, dog bowl, climbing the entertainment center). My daughter isn't crawling yet (any day now) so I don't know the stress of having TWO mobile kids but I'm terrified.

J. Fergie

"twiblings"! I love it.


Hey! Who knew I was an "advanced" buncher! When my baby was born (now 16 months old), my oldest had just turned 3 and my middle had just turned 2. So within 3 years I birthed all my girls. I think the first 6 months are the worst because the baby (thus you too) isn't sleeping great, and it seemed like it was always naptime for someone or someone was crying. But at about 6 months, our baby was able to sit up alone and "interact" with the older two, thus making her more entertaining to them..they would play together then. (ok, baby would sit there and drool, but the older two thought she was playing!). Also, when the baby was napping, it was "alone time" for the older two. I would bring out something just for us to do together (puzzles, painting, etc).

Now the baby is 16 months old and my other two are 4yrs old and 3yrs old. Right now my older two are in preschool--one goes m,w,f and the other goes tues, thurs. So I get to have 1:1 time with the other one during that time (the baby naps then).

Overall, I love it. Its stressful and crazy and some days you just want to run SCREAMING from the house, but overall I love it. We chose to have a third so close because we didn't want to have her be way younger than the other two. Since the older two are so close in age, I wanted her close too so that they would all grow up close rather than two...and then the baby. And now they all play together and overall are so cute together. Even on days where the baby throws tantrums all day, the middle one is crying for no reason, and the older one is practicing her new "attitude", I still wouldn't change it for anything!


I'm also a "pseudo advanced" buncher, having had 3 under 5 for a while, and it was purely unintentional, but I'm glad I did it. As a good friend and mother of 4 grown children once told me, "You just do what you have to do." It's busy, and there's not enough time for you, but there will be eventually as they grow into being more independent. I now have 4 under 9, and we really have to work hard at making sure we spend enough individual time with each other, but they are close, and play well together. Only time will tell if they stay that way, which I hope they do. I will say it is a decision not to make lightly, though for us, the decision was made for us, as sometimes happens, but I wouldn't change it. Best of luck!

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