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Difference Between First-Time Parents And Second-Time Parents

Becoming parents for the second time is quite different from the one in the first time. And if you are planning to have a second child, you are eager to know how parents manage two or more children. After having a look at new parents around, you will have many experiences about parents while caring for a child or more.

Some experiences will be pleasant while some might not be good ones. Having a look at differences in first-time parents and second-time parents in terms of the following terms will help you be ready to take proper care of your baby while becoming parents for the second time:

Pregnancy 

Conceiving a child for the first time could be a stressful and exciting experience for you. It does not matter how educated you are, how many books you have read, and what advice you have received from well-wishers and doctors. Becoming parents for the first time is really a time to discover and learn new things with your body. 

On the other hand, conceiving a second child makes you remember what you experienced for the first time. Second pregnancy is not as stressful and exciting as the first one. You are more comfortable with what changes happen to you in the second pregnancy and apply the remedies that you discovered and applied to lower symptoms in the first pregnancy. 

 

Visitors 

Everyone around you is excited at the arrival of the first baby. Your friends, family members, coworkers, and well-wishers will ask you to visit you to see you and your child. The attention to the first child can be both overwhelming and exciting for you. And you will appreciate the help and love you get from all people of your personal and professional network. 

On the other hand, you will wonder where everyone has gone since the arrival of your second child. Many people in your family and around you will be excited about the new addition. However, you might experience a lack of excitement and love in comparison with the one you had for the first time. 

Bedtime 

In the first pregnancy, you may face a lot of errors and trials in finding the right posture and schedule for your bedtime. You would have tried almost everything to facilitate yours and your child’s sleep for the first time - feedings in costly rocking chairs, swaddling in lush blankets, and being as quiet as possible for you.

In the second pregnancy or with the second child, you have not to make so many discoveries and efforts. The biggest issue you can face could be a clash between the bedtimes of your both children if the bedtimes are not sync up. 

Food 

The diet for the first child is the one you decide with careful research work and ensure the availability of all natural ingredients. It is possible that you might avoid giving packed food items or store-bought food to your baby. You would prefer to cook food in your home kitchen to feed your baby apart from breastfeeding. Spinach, quinoa, and sweet potatoes you can easily name as your baby preferred food items. 

On the other hand, you do not need to discover and study what to feed your second child, as you did it for the first child. You have a sound idea about food items and brands when you become parents for the second time. Mealtime is a more family-focused topic in comparison with the baby-focused one with the second child. 

 

Clothes 

You value three criteria - quality, functionality, and cuteness - for the first baby. In perfecting your baby’s wardrobe, you do a lot and expect others to do the same while gifting anything to your baby. 

For the second baby, you do not need to carry out research work on selecting clothes. You have more options and love to reuse the clothes you bought for the first baby. Of course, like the food, you are more comfortable in selecting outfits for your second child. 

Apart from the above, there are differences between first-time parents and second-time parents on the basis of friends, documentation, toys, and allied things. You are more experienced and comfortable while caring for the second child. Everything usually goes well for the second baby.    

 

Dr. Rishina Bansal

She has 10+ years’ experience in the IVF industry revolving around core embryology skills like gamete handling, Embryo grading and embryo biopsy with the ability to train and manage Lab Personnel to ensure smooth functioning of an IVF Laboratory.

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