I remember with my first child, knowing the exact day that I could start using some new piece of equipment. For example, the bumbo seat has a manufacturer suggested age of 1 month, or when a child can support their own head. With my oldest, that thing would have put away until the second she turned 1 month and then she'd be in it. Not a day before, not a date late.
This go 'round I totally forgot about the bumbo seat. The other day I happen to see one in a picture and I thought to myself, "OH YEAH!! I totally forgot about that, I wonder when Lizzie can go in it". So off to google I went and lo and behold she could have been in it like 2 months earlier. Woops. Not that that's a bad thing, I just forgot.
But she likes it, see... even if I am a little late.
After that revelation I asked myself what else I needed to get out of the attic.
The exersaucer, of course! My other two LIVED in that thing!
So off to google again I went to see the age range on that thing... approximately 4 months to walking.
Which clearly means nothing to me because I decided to put her in it with a towel wrapped around her to keep her steady. (shh don't tell). See, back with child #1 I wouldn't think of putting my child in early; "oh no! But it clearly says 4 months, my daughter isn't 4 months yet, so I can't!".
Along the same lines, but not "equipment"-wise; I was at a birthday party today with all 3 girls and when it came time to feed Lizzie, I got my nursing cover and started to feed her. Until I didn't want to miss out on all the conversations so I got up and was feeding Lizzie while walking around (with the nursing cover).
One of the mom commented that she could tell I was on #3 because with #1, breastfeeding would require the glider, with the gliding foot rest, and the boppy.... by #3 you are so practiced that you can do it while walking around keeping an eye on your other children at a birthday party. I just smiled; you do what you have to do.
JUST like the Luvs diapers commercials - 1st child vs 2nd child. PS - love these commercials!