Mums, 75% of us feel more relaxed about the care of our second child and so treat them differently to our first baby, according to new research.
The study also reveals 42% of us admit to worrying more about our first child than our second, but 60% of us think we were overly-attentive towards our first child anyway.
This more chilled attitude to parenting a second child means baby No. 2 is less mollycoddled and encouraged to grow up faster. Earlier weaning, less nappy changes and being left to cry for longer are all among the changes most of us seem to make when raising our second baby, according to the OnePoll survey of 3,000 mums for baby and toddler brand Munchkin.
Of the mums surveyed, here are the 18 things they admit to doing differently with their second child. Let us know which apply to you…
- Leaving them to entertain themselves while getting on with the housework (33 %)
- Only changing the nappy when necessary, not after every feed (33 %)
- Stop making own baby food and start blending the family meal (26 %)
- Weaning at 4 months, not 6 (26 %)
- Leaving them crying for longer rather than rushing to see what is wrong
- More willing to accept secondhand clothes
- Spending less money on toys and treats
- Only having them in the bedroom for the first few weeks, not the first 6 months
- Letting them watch ‘older television’ at a younger age than their older sibling
- Not being as worried about safety and buying home safety products
- Happier to buy secondhand safety products
- Leaving them to manage their own food
- Picking them up less when they hurt themselves
- Giving them chocolate and sweets at an earlier age
- Spending less money on safety products
- Going back to work sooner
- Expecting them to develop quicker
- Putting them in nursery earlier