Lessons on Parenting

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How Being a Parent Can Change Your Life: 

When a baby is born into a family it affects every one in that family. However, as you have baby 2 ... then baby 3, the way in which you deal with the child also changes considerably. 

Your Baby's Clothing:

1st baby: You begin wearing maternity clothes as soon as your pregnancy is confirmed.

2nd baby: You wear your ordinary clothes for as long as you are able.

3rd baby: Your maternity clothes are your ordinary clothes.

Getting Ready for the Day of the Birth:

1st baby: You practice your breathing as often as possible

2nd baby: You don't bother practicing your breathing because you remember that last time, breathing didn't help at all.

3rd baby: You accept an epidural injection as soon as it is offered.

 Major Concerns for Being a Parent:

1st baby: At the first sign of upset, the slightest cry you pick up the baby for a cuddle.

2nd baby: You pick the baby up when her cries threaten to wake your neighbours.

3rd baby: You teach your 2 year-old how to rewind the mechanical swing.


1st baby: If the dummy falls on the floor you put it away until you can go home and disinfect it properly.

2nd baby: When the dummy falls on the floor you squirt it off with some juice from the baby's bottle.

3rd baby: You wipe it off on your shirt and pop it back in.

Buying a Layette:

1st baby: You wash the clothes before organising them into colour coordinated folded piles neatly laid out in the baby's specially bought chest of drawers.

2nd baby: You make sure that the clothes are clean and throw only the ones with the dirtiest marks on them.

3rd baby: You are heard to say that boys can wear pink, no problem.

Note* Layette means all the clothes you need for a baby.  Vests, cardigan, babygro all-in-ones and even bonnets.

Nappies: [Diapers in the USA]

1st baby: You change your baby's nappy every hour whether they need it or not.

2nd baby: You change their nappy every 2 to 3 hours, if required.

3rd baby: You change their nappy when others start to complain about the smell.

What Activities Do You Do with Your Youngster?

1st baby: You take your child to the Clinic, the Gym, the swimming pool and the Library for story time.

2nd baby: You take your youngster to the Clinic.

3rd baby: You take your child to Asda/Walmart.

Baby Sitters:

1st baby: The first time you leave your baby with a sitter you call home 4 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 sitter to call only if she sees blood.

How You React When at Home With the Baby:

1st baby: You spend a great deal of time every day just gazing lovingly at your baby.

2nd baby: You spend some of everyday keeping an eye open to ensure that your eldest child isn't squeezing, poking or hurting the baby.

3rd baby: You spend some of every day hiding from the children.

Parenting in a Nutshell

The first born child is made of glass,

but the second born is made of rubber.

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