When children are widely spaced...
> Mother has more time to replenish lost blood and nutrients from the previous pregnancy and childbirth
> Mother can entertain the possibility of more stable employment
> Expenses are more gradual
> Parents have more time to enjoy and know the elder child
> Parents attention is less divided between children
> The older child can help in caring for new baby
When children are closely spaced...
> Children all grow up together and tend to be closer to one another
> Children grow up having a sibling and tend to socialize better
> Parents can use the same infant and toddler clothes and things
> Parents go through their child-rearing phase continuously
> Mother can resume a career sooner