NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Tuesday, December 8, 2015, 11:04 AM
Parents Kanye West and Kim Kardashian show off daughter North West last year. It’s unclear what kind of second-born child the new baby, Saint West, will be.
Look out, Saint West — second children are often an after-thought.
It’s not as if the offspring of Kanye West and Kim Kardashian could be in anything but the spotlight. But studies of birth order reveal that the new baby brother to first-born North West will have to deal with some things that won’t affect big sis.
* Second-borns tend to be more rebellious than older siblings who follow all the rules. First-borns tend to be controlling and goal-oriented. They are more cautious than their siblings.
* Second-borns are usually more pliable as their lives tend to revolve around the older siblings.
* Second-borns have lower expectations.
* The first-born child in a family tends to have the highest IQ, according to a Norwegian study. The IQ enhancement averages 3%.
* First-borns are more likely to succeed in business. One poll of 1,500 CEOs, found that a plurality of 43% were first-borns.
* Off the first 23 astronauts NASA sent into space, 21 were first-borns. None was a second-born (the two non-first-borns were only children).
North West’s winning personality may overshadow Saint West or help him, experts say.
Wait, it gets worse. Last week, Kardashian was talking about wanting a third baby, so it’s quite possible that Saint could find himself as a dreaded middle child. If so, here’s what middle children have to deal with, according to science:
* They’re more easy-going and independent than first-borns.
* They negotiate well and are good listeners.
* They are ambitious, trying to find ways to stand out from the first- and second-born: Jon Stewart, Eddie Murphy, Whoopi Goldberg, Billy Crystal and Jay Leno were all the babies of their families.
Of course, Saint may benefit from the fact that he has an older sister instead of an older brother, says Dr. Kevin Leman, a psychologist who wrote “The Birth Order Book.”
Such children fall into the “two firstborns” category, he says.
“They can both have first-born traits,” he says.