"Dr. Sears, What's your opinion about spacing children?"Child spacing varies from family to family. There is seldom the
ideal time for a child. If we always waited for "the perfect
time" to have a child, we would probably have two instead of
eight. An important factor is the need level of the baby. If
you have a very high-need infant who requires a lot of time and
energy, it would be wise to space the next one two to three years
apart for two reasons: to avoid parent burnout and to fill the
needs of your infant before a competitor comes into the family.
If you have a somewhat easy infant, spacing even one year apart
often works because then you have an in-house playmate. Don't
worry about having enough love to go around for your next child.
You'll be surprised how the love and extra energy for your next
child just seems to appear.