The Difference Between Having Your First Second and Third Child


May 8, 2012

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  • 1st baby: On the hour every hour, whether they need it or not.
  • 2nd baby: Every 2 to 3 hours, if needed.
  • 3rd baby: You try to change their nappy before others start to complain about the smell or you see it sagging to their knees.


  • 1st baby: You take your infant to Baby Gymnastics, BabySwing, and Baby Story Hour.
  • 2nd baby: You take your infant to Baby Gymnastics.
  • 3rd baby: You take your infant to the supermarket and the dry cleaner.

Going Out

  • 1st baby: The first time you leave your baby with a babysitter, you call home 5 times.
  • 2nd baby: Just before you walk out the door, you remember to leave a number where you can be reached.
  • 3rd baby: You leave instructions for the  babysitter to call only if she sees blood.

At Home

  • 1st baby: You spend a good bit of every day just gazing at the baby.
  • 2nd baby: You spend a bit of everyday watching to be sure your older child isn’t squeezing, poking, or hitting the baby.
  • 3rd baby: You spend a little bit of every day hiding from the children.

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  • 1st baby: You spend hours batch cooking Annabel Karmel recipes and freezing in ice cube trays.
  • 2nd baby: You boil random fruit and veg in a pot, no recipe, but you still avoid salt and sugar.
  • 3rd baby: They eat what you’re eating from 6 months.


You know when they decide to eat coins, lego or other objects!!

  • 1st child:  You rush the child to the hospital and demand x-rays.
  • 2nd child: You carefully watch for coin to pass.
  • 3rd child: You deduct it from their pocket money!

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Published On: May 8th, 2012 / Categories: For Parents / Last Updated: March 30th, 2021 / Tags: /

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This website was created by Jill Holtz and Michelle Davitt, both of whom are mothers of young children. Jill and Michelle decided to create this resource themselves, and launched in 2007.

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