Firstborns respond better
FIRSTBORN children are more sociable and “emotionally available” to their mothers than those born second.
That’s the result of a new US study showing when 55 mums were observed playing with their first or second child at 20 months, the firstborns were more willing to respond to their mother’s suggestions and displayed more enjoyment playing with her.
They were also more sociable with other adults.
Study author Diane Putnick put the results down to “concentrated time with mothers early”, adding: ‘‘Firstborn children may be more emotionally available to their mothers because they have the benefit of years of their parents’ undivided attention.”