My first baby didn't roll over until she was seven months old,
making her the last one in Mommy & Me to hit that milestone. (And oh, how I
worried … for nothing.) So I was surprised
to find my second baby rolling in both directions at just three months. Looking back, I credit benign neglect. I was
so busy interacting with my high maintenance preschooler that the new baby
spent a ton of time on the floor, just exploring. Is it any wonder she figured out how to roll?
It turns out second babies experience a lot of things sooner, which
certainly keeps a mom on her toes. Steel
yourself, because here's what your second one will probably do early:
1. Catch a Cold There's not enough hand sanitizer
in the world to shelter that second baby from the onslaught of kid germs. I recently caught my 4-year-old with her
finger in the baby's mouth. ("She likes
it," was her defense.) It's awful
hearing your precious infant cough and sneeze, but hopefully the virus will be
mild and you'll be one step closer to building up Baby's immunities.
2. Watch TV Wow, did I pat myself on the back for
waiting the American Academy of Pediatrics' recommended two years before giving
my first baby any screen time. Now that
we're all sharing a living room, it's nearly impossible to shield Baby No. 2 from
the TV. I wonder if the AAP would give a
special dispensation for Doc McStuffins.
3. Eat Ice Cream If I remember correctly, when
babies start solids, it goes rice cereal, oatmeal, sweet potatoes, bananas, hot
fudge sundae, yes? Try as you might to
stay on track with Baby's nutrition, it's inevitable that hungry little monkeys
are going to want to partake in the older kids' snacks—especially anything cold
Second babies will be exposed to all kinds of messy substances such as sand, mud and Elmer's glue, which you should totally embrace
4. Get a Boo-Boo A mom's laser
vision is compromised when one eye is watching a big kid jump off a swing set
while a little baby just learning to sit slowly, falls over. Pack Band-Aids.
5. Go Swimming Some pediatricians say to wait
until six months, because pools are full of germs and chemicals, but when you spend an entire summer taking an
older child to swim lessons and it's 95 degrees out, things happen.
6. See a Movie The big one has been counting the
days until the new Pixar movie comes out. The little one will hopefully sleep
through it ... or be traumatized for life. Good luck!
7. Get Dirty After dragging her to a
5-year-old's birthday party, I noticed my baby was covered in glitter. I like to pretend it was organic
glitter. Second babies will be exposed to all kinds of messy substances such as sand, mud and Elmer's glue, which you should totally embrace (see no. 1: building up immunities.)
Thanks in no small part to their older brothers and sisters, second babies are quite precocious. Although, I hear the one thing they tend to do later than their siblings did
is talk—probably because it's tough to get a word in edgewise.