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Just like Kate, we all treat the second kid a little like a spare

Rebecca Bracken is a news and views writer.






From William and Harry, George and back, the second kid has a special role

Growing up as a kid of the ‘80s, “the heir and the spare” was commonly used to describe the two baby Princes of Wales William and Harry.

Princess Diana pulled off the ultimate royal breeding two-fer: she produced two healthy boys who, from the birth of the second brother, were referred to as the “heir and the spare.”

And now the elegant and loveable Kate prepares to give birth to her second child. We imagine she may fall into the same traps as every other mother and treat her second born slightly, shall we say, more casually than the first. How so, you ask?

1. Kate might not take quite as many pictures of baby number two

From William and Harry, George and back, the second kid has a special role

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2. Second kids are usually less sheltered and more street smart than the first-born

From William and Harry, George and back, the second kid has a special role

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3. You're not nearly as picky about what you feed baby No. 2

From William and Harry, George and back, the second kid has a special role

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4. Parents are much more comfortable handling the second kid

From William and Harry, George and back, the second kid has a special role

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5. You're willing to have more fun with it

From William and Harry, George and back, the second kid has a special role

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6. Your second born just has to accept that mommy can't be bothered at work

From William and Harry, George and back, the second kid has a special role

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7. And that sometimes you're just too tired and busy to cook

From William and Harry, George and back, the second kid has a special role

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8. Which is why everyone in the family has to pitch in and help with the youngest

From William and Harry, George and back, the second kid has a special role

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9. And the housework, too

From William and Harry, George and back, the second kid has a special role

Image: Giphy

10. When there are two kids, it gets way harder to figure out who broke the lamp

From William and Harry, George and back, the second kid has a special role

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11. Second babies might not get as much attention as the first

From William and Harry, George and back, the second kid has a special role

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12. But we'll always be there to catch you when you fall

From William and Harry, George and back, the second kid has a special role

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13. And even though they aren't the first, second babies are every bit as special

From William and Harry, George and back, the second kid has a special role

Image: Giphy

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