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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Apr 05, 2010


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Rachel O.

For me it was an act of God. ;) We were using the same contraception we had successfully used for the first five years of our marriage, but got pregnant with #2 when #1 was 7 months old. They are both little blessings, and I'm very happy to have them!!!


We are also bunchers through adoption. Our son was 9 months old when his birthmom became pregnant again. So, we adopted that boy too, and are now a happy family of 4. Life is crazy for sure, but as they get older it is getting easier, they are now 2 and 9 months....sleep is elusive but cuteness and fun is in abundance!


We're baby bunchers because of a "happy accident" ;-) I just wrote a series of posts about my last little baby. Here's the one where we found out about him. http://wp.me/pJB69-2q


Our two are 360 days apart. I started the mini-pill 6 weeks post partum, didn't take it as directed i.e. every day at the same time, and {whoops!} got preggo again, just 10 weeks after the birth of my first.

We love our little Irish twins and wouldn't trade it, but miss having a support system of such closely spaced siblings. I've only found online folks with less than a year spacing.


It took a while to conceive the first one, so I expected the same kind of fertility challenges the 2nd time around (we did want another but maybe not quite yet). Not to mention that we were on the "I'm too tired to even think about nookie" contraceptive method. In fact when I kept missing periods, I thought nothing of it, until the 16 week point when I started having pregnancy symptoms (was quite nice to skip to the 2nd trimester). Thankfully, at 17 months apart, there's a little more of a space gap than some of you. It's a struggle, but getting easier with each day.


We found our way into bunching through adoption as well. We adopted a beautiful baby girl (April 2008) and found out we were pregnant one month later. The beginning was a blur, but I'm already starting to see the benefits of two little girls who are interested in similar things at similar times.


Ours was adoption and multiples! We tried for 7 years to conceive, then decided to adopt. One year later we had a gorgeous baby girl. When she was 12 months, we had a situation of twins presented to us. We decided to go for it. They were born a few weeks early, and despite some legal issues, we were able to adopt- that led us to having 3 kids in just 15 months!

It has been a whirlwind, but fun also.


Like a few people I know, it took us longer than we thought (years rather than months) to conceive our first child, so as soon as knew we wanted to go ahead with a sibling, we did - and things happened unexpectedly quickly, hence the 19 month gap between the two. So, it was planned, but not planned!

My good friend was similiar in the timing - went through IVF to conceive her first, was 100% breastfeeding and thinking she had no need to use contraception when she conceived her second without any medical assistance at all! So, not planned, but wonderful :-)

My favourite baby bunching story is in Jools Oliver's book 'From Minus 9 to One' - her first two children are bunched very closely together, and she seems to have done the same with her 3rd & 4th (I don't know whether there was the same lack of planning this time around or not.)

It's great to hear the adoption stories. I didn't realise there was such variety in our bunching families, it's wonderful. I have to say it makes me wonder how I will be next time around as my girls will be 4 and 5 and a half when our next baby arrives!


It is nice to hear all the adoption stories. We adopted our son after 4 1/2 years of infertility and then conceived our daughter 2 months later. We were completely surprised, but thrilled. Having only 11 months between the children has been challenging, but oh so much fun, especially now that they play so well together. Not sure if it would take another 4 years to have another one, we were again happily surprised to conceive our third when our daughter was only 10 months old. In July we will have 3 under 2 1/2!! We never would have believed this was possible just a few years ago!


Number two is a very happy accident. He ended up being the exactly right baby at the exactly right time.

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