Being a mom of two is guaranteed to teach you some life-changing lessons, according to new research. While a wealth of knowledge comes with having a child, in many ways, even second-time moms are still "first-time" moms when it comes to child number two.
A poll of 2,000 mothers of at least two children conducted by OnePoll in conjunction with Store Brand Infant Formula found 84 percent reported clear differences between being a mom of one and being a mom of two. Second-Time Moms are More Confident, Financially Savvy, and Worry Less Of the 2,000 second-time mothers studied, more than half (51 percent) credited having their second child with a greater sense of confidence as a parent, while 48 percent realized that it's completely okay if they "can't do it all." In fact, one in three moms (39 percent) reported worrying less and having less anxiety with baby number two compared with baby number one.
From a financial standpoint, more than half of moms (52%) returned to work after both baby number one and two, although one in three switched from full-time to part-time. According to the survey, 63 percent of moms reported the biggest lesson from baby number two was knowing you don't need the latest gadget to have a happy baby. In addition, a whopping 71 percent of moms surveyed agreed they are more likely to shop for store brands and other lower-cost options for things such as diapers, baby wipes, and infant formula with baby number two.
Formula-feeding moms were also more likely to buy a store brand or less expensive infant formula for baby number two (64 percent) compared with baby number one (56%). "Second-time moms are more cost-conscious and feel more confident choosing a store brand infant formula because they realize store brand formula provides the same complete nutrition for baby as the more expensive name brands," said Rallie McAllister, MD, MPH, family physician and co-author of The Mommy MD Guide to Feeding Your Baby Right.
"All infant formulas are required to meet the same FDA standards, which means store brand infant formula has the same high quality as the nationally advertised brands and can also save families up to $900 a year." Advice from Mom to Mom Finding time for self-care can be challenging with one baby, let alone caring for multiple children.
Consider the top challenges cited by moms—splitting attention among children (71 percent of respondents), more emotional demands (54%), double the workload/baby-load (47 percent), and less sleep (45 percent). Yet despite of (or maybe because of) the increased demands, 44 percent of second-time moms said it's even more important to find time for self-care once a second child comes along.
Taking a bath, exercising, and having a glass of wine ranked highest for the best ways to unwind for some much needed "me time." Most moms also noted having a supportive group of mom friends and family is even more crucial the second time around. How can moms make life a little bit easier with two?
Bathing kids at the same time, staying organized, and getting your older child involved were just a few things second-time moms would tell new mamas. Seeing the children bond with each other and teaching love and compassion were reported as being the biggest joys for second-time moms. Resources for All Moms "Store Brand Infant Formula wants to act as a resource for all moms," added Dr. McAllister.
"That's why it has joined forces with thought leaders in a variety of fields—including health, nutrition, and consumer savings—to develop and maintain helpful and rich content on storebrandformula.com.
From parenting-hack videos and tools to articles and a complimentary e-book, the website aims to make the wild ride of parenting just a little bit easier." For more information on the Second Time Mom Survey, visit.storebrandformula.com/second-time-mom-survey.