Parenting the First Born vs. Parenting the Second Born
  • SalllyWingo
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    Experiences may vary. Only some of this is an exaggeration.

    Food

    First Kid
    All homemade in special baby food Cuisinart. Quinoa! Spinach! Sweet Potatoes!
    Second Kid
    Crackers, fruit bags.

    Bed

    First Kid
    Crib that Daddy put together himself while mommy yelled at him.
    Second Kid
    Mommy’s bed. Daddy now has his own room with a mattress on the floor surrounded by socks.

    Clothes

    First Kid
    100% organic cotton. Some even made of bamboo???
    Second Kid
    Target.

    Parties

    First Kid
    In our backyard with a pinata hanging from the Japanease maple.
    Second Kid
    Chuck E. Cheese.

    Bathing

    First Kid
    Every night in a special bathtub that’s just the right size. Hand washed with a soft cloth or silky sponge.
    Second Kid
    Twice a week. Swimming pools count.

    Nighttime Routine

    First Kid
    Swaddled in a Miracle Blanket. Baby Beluga sung to him. Asleep by 7:30.
    Second Kid
    Falls aleep on the sofa with mom’s boob in his mouth at 10:30pm.

    Friends

    First Kid
    Play groups, mommy & baby get-togethers in the park!
    Second Kid
    His brother’s friends.

    Toys

    First Kid
    All hand made out of wood. Mostly Swedish. Some Melissa and Doug products.
    Second Kid
    Paper, Crayons, Plastic Bob The Builder Hammer.

    TV Rules

    First Kid
    Baby Einstein and Sesame St only. Two 23 minute shows per day.
    Second Kid
    Has his own Netflix account.

    Baby Sitter

    First Kid
    A wonderful woman named Sarah, whom he loves and will cherish for the rest of his life.
    Second Kid
    Doesn't have one. We never go out.

    Shoes

    First Kid
    Something European with an umlaut in its name.
    Second Kid
    Old muddy shoes with faded umlaut and missing sole insert.

    Potty Training

    First Kid
    Diapers, then Pull-ups, then some kind of training underwear, then underwear.
    Second Kid
    Might crap in a diaper until college.

    Discipline

    First Kid
    Oh my God, why are you crying? What’s wrong sweetie?
    Second Kid
    STOP CRYING!

    And you know what’s interesting?

    They’re both equally awesome.


  • TheMomFactorTheMomFactor
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    That's pretty great...and so true.lol
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  • toadintheholetoadinthehole
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    I am living this right now!!
    "mummy I love your testicles" - mini-toadinthehole aged 3.5 years
  • SalllyWingo
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    I don't have a #2 myself - but I wasn't as anal with my only born!  I couldn't afford it!  I have witnessed this with friends, and thought it was very cute ;)
  • momofdbbmomofdbb
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    Just wait till the third kid !
    " Wibbly wobbly timey wimey ......." The Doctor
    " I'm a leafe on the wind..watch how I soar ." Wash :((
    " Oh the wall had it comming.' Sherlock Holmes
    yea I am geek !!
  • toadintheholetoadinthehole
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    @soupermom there needs to be one about sterilising too!
    "mummy I love your testicles" - mini-toadinthehole aged 3.5 years
  • Im_not_AbbyIm_not_Abby
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    My 2nd is attached to her brother's Bob the Builder hammer. Maybe we're normal after all.
  • toadintheholetoadinthehole
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    @momofdbb no chance for me, i should be sterilised in 6 weeks time!
    "mummy I love your testicles" - mini-toadinthehole aged 3.5 years
  • momofdbbmomofdbb
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    Kid one =
    He drops his paci , it must be boiled and cooled before he can have it again
    Kid two =
    He drops his pace , eh scrape the big chunks of sand or gravel off and give it back to him
    " Wibbly wobbly timey wimey ......." The Doctor
    " I'm a leafe on the wind..watch how I soar ." Wash :((
    " Oh the wall had it comming.' Sherlock Holmes
    yea I am geek !!
  • toadintheholetoadinthehole
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    @momofdbb you got it!!!
    "mummy I love your testicles" - mini-toadinthehole aged 3.5 years
  • momofdbbmomofdbb
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    @toadinthehole I'm speaking for my experiance ! Lol
    " Wibbly wobbly timey wimey ......." The Doctor
    " I'm a leafe on the wind..watch how I soar ." Wash :((
    " Oh the wall had it comming.' Sherlock Holmes
    yea I am geek !!
  • toadintheholetoadinthehole
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    Nico is 10 weeks old and i am so there!

    And the same with the little outfits.

    Kid 1 - you dress them in jeans, jumpers ands socks every day
    Kid 2 - fuck it, babygrows will do
    "mummy I love your testicles" - mini-toadinthehole aged 3.5 years
  • shouldcleanshouldclean
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    Just imagine baby #3. His favorite toy is his sister's old pink elephant
  • WickedDunkieJunkieWickedDunkieJunkie
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    Baby #5 sits on You Tube for hours watching Minecraft videos made by adults that don't care that an 8yo is watching them. ..
    Oops.
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  • Lakegirl34
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    Very cute. With a few weeks to go and having been the youngest, I can laugh at the truths in this.
    I went from never wanting my toddler to watch TV or have sweets to bribing him with candy to sit down long enough in front of a show to let me rest for a minute since being pregnant.
  • VegantasticVegantastic
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    SO TRUE!!!

    You forgot one:

    Baby #1 gets a cold and you call the dr, pull out all of the home remedies, and worry and panic for 3 days

    Baby #2 gets a cold and you give them generic children's tylenol and are just greatful for an excuse to watch movies and cuddle on the couch all day.

    "Be the change you wish to see in the world"
    "Don't Panic"
  • jennygoat
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    Hmmm. I mostly skipped 1st child options and went with 2nd.
  • SassySassy
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    I'm not anal at all about my bub. None of that #1 crap. I do think it is inaccurate to imply that the second (and following) children get less than the "best" that the first kids got. Eh. Just annoys me.
  • LLBLLB
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    I started off with babies 1 and 2 at the same time and most of the stuff they mentioned about #1 did not apply. They are still alive 6 years later.

    Most of the 2nd baby stuff was more accurate with them.

    Oddly I think I'll end up babying this one more than I did my first 2 just because I know she'll be our last.
  • SalllyWingo
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    Sassy said:

    I'm not anal at all about my bub. None of that #1 crap. I do think it is inaccurate to imply that the second (and following) children get less than the "best" that the first kids got. Eh. Just annoys me.

    @Sassy I found it on a blog and thought it was cute and appropriate to share here ;)
  • katz_meowkatz_meow
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    I think its funny, and I think that was the intent.
    There is nothing to be gained from treating others poorly.

    Don't be a dick.
  • mommyof2_76
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    Hilarious. I think I did all the #2 stuff with my 1st. And now I'm doing all the #1 stuff with my 2nd. Weird I know.
  • SasafrasSasafras
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    My poor dd, I would just rinse her pappy if it fell, or even sucked on it quick to get the germs off :-& if we were with a sink. I feel bad for number two, poor kid probably won't even get the rinse, quick wipe and let's go!
  • Zooy
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    We did pretty much all of the second kid with our first... what are we going to be like with #2?
  • BlessieBlessie
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    Babay #4, my best hope is I won't forget her at home because she is still sleeping when I go to drive kids 1 & 2 to school in the morning.
  • just_mejust_me
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    @sassy I dont think its saying anything about what the child wants/needs/deserves...its saying that the parent is so tired and busy the parent isnt quite as uptight about stuff...

    @soupermom....love it! Sooo true!
    I can't be perfect all the time...so give it up already!
  • WickedDunkieJunkieWickedDunkieJunkie
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    @Sassy don't get me wrong, I didn't pamper my oldest like he was Prince Edward IV either... I think it was meant more tongue in cheek.

    But, I ummm maybe did let my 8yo sit on YouTube for waaaay too long.
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