Second children ‘left to cry longer than first child’

Second children are more likely to be left to entertain themselves, have their nappy changed less frequently and are left to cry for longer than their older sibling, according to new research.  
 

Second children are more likely to be left to entertain themselves, have their nappy changed less frequently and are left to cry for longer than their older sibling, according to new research.  
 
They are also likely to be fed solids at an earlier age, made much less of a fuss of when they hurt themselves and be allowed to watch television at a younger age, according to the research by nursery brand Munchkind which polled 3,000 mothers.

The study found three quarters of mums feel more relaxed with their second child. A  third said they felt more comfortable leaving their second child to entertain themselves while they did housework.
 
And 33 per cent said they only changed a nappy when it was absolutely necessary rather than after every feed or toilet incident.
 
The survey also revealed 26 per cent of second time mums are less likely to make the baby their own special meals after weaning, simply blending whatever the family is having instead.
 
The same percentage admitted they started weaning their next child at four months rather than at six months, which they did with their first-born.
 
They are also more likely to accept second-hand clothes and spend less money on toys and treats for their second child.
 
The poll shows second children are also more likely to be left to manage with their own food and are picked up less when they hurt themselves.
 
They are also encouraged to develop more quickly – as mums expect them to reach important milestones sooner – even trusting them with a knife and fork earlier.
 
Second children are also allowed sweets and chocolate at a far younger age then their older siblings.
 
But six in 10 mums reckon they were overly attentive with their first child and 42 per cent admit they worried more about them than their second child.
 





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