Wish We'd Known: 19 Things No One Told Us About Having Baby No. 2

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Jenna McCarthy on Jul 12, 2011 at 1:01PM

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a Jenna McCarthy on Jul 11, 2011 at 3:13PM

Now that you’re not a panic-stricken newbie anymore, it may occur to you that not everything your tot touches needs to be surgically sterilized, and that a crying baby is not the end of the world. When your first baby dropped her bottle, you may have dumped out the contents and fetched a new one posthaste. With two in tow, the "five second rule" can seem both safe and sensible. You may wait a whole 10 minutes after catching a whiff of a dirty diaper before changing it, or opt for a sponge bath over full submersion four nights in a row (really, how dirty can a baby get anyway?). You’ll laugh to yourself at the neurotic new moms you know who still obsess over these things.  


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