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Parenting: What New Moms-of-Two Wish They’d Known


Expecting your second bundle of joy? No worries, you have plenty of love to go around. But ask moms who have more than one kid and they’ll tell you that the second kid is a game changer while parenting.

Women expecting their first baby are used to being showered with advice, from grandmothers to well-meaning supermarket meddlers. But for the moms expecting their second bundle of joy – it’s usually an unhelpful “good luck, you’re going to have your hands full.”

Now, a new survey of 2,000 second-time moms conducted by OnePoll in conjunction with Store Brand Infant Formula is providing a resource packed full of “what to expects” for moms. From dividing your attention to feeding challenges and asking for help when you need it, Rallie McAllister, MD, MPH, co-author of the new book, The Mommy MD Guide to Feeding Your Baby Right.

“Moms don’t give themselves enough credit,” said McAllister. “There are a lot of activities that can be combined for the two kids.  It’s also important for moms to give themselves ‘self-care’ – take care of yourself as well. It’s very very important for moms to nurture themselves and you know the book which I teamed up with Perrigon Nutrition to write the book the ‘Mommy and Daddy Guide to Feeding Your Baby Right’ we have over 300 tips from doctors who are also moms.”

A new nationwide survey reveals what new moms-of-two wish they’d known before baby #2 made their arrival. Rallie McAllister, MD, MPH, co-author of the new book, The Mommy MD Guide to Feeding Your Baby Right, explains those findings.

“The number one challenge that came from the survey among 84% of the moms mentioned how will they split their time between the two children,” said McAllister. “What we found in our survey what that mom’s are not nearly as overwhelmed as they thought they would be between splitting time between the two children.  We found 3 out of 4 moms were comfortable investing in store-brand items for their kids.  Moms can save up to $900 a year.”

“Another thing that they came from the survey that was very interesting is that you know moms are calmer and more comfortable and confident relaxed and they’re also much more financially savvy.”