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Most new -- and not so new -- parents can tell you how different their lives are after they had kids, but now a new survey has compiled a list of the 50 things parents miss the most about their pre-baby days. 

The survey of 2,000 British parents commissioned by the diaper company Pampers notes, perhaps not surprisingly, that sex has taken a back seat to baby care, with 44% saying having a kid hampered their life between the sheets. 

However, the poll also revealed that parenting cut into other pleasures, like being able to watch the TV shows you want, hanging out with friends, going to the bathroom in peace, or just -- silence. 

In fact, 87% of those polled say they'd love to relive their child-free life, even if just for one day.

Even so, 71% still feel that they’re happier and feel more fulfilled since having kids. 

Here are the top 50 things people miss most after having kids, according to OnePoll: 

1. Saturday morning sleep-ins.

2. A clean and tidy house.

3. Watching television in complete peace.

4. Leaving the house at a moment’s notice, without having to worry about a babysitter.

5. Spending money guilt free.

6. Having a shower or bath without being disturbed.

7. Date nights.

8. Going to the toilet without being disturbed.

9. Vacations/holidays that didn’t hinge on school breaks/terms.

10. Getting a full night’s sleep.

11. Sitting in the sun on a vacation/holiday without having to entertain a child.

12. Browsing the shops rather than rushing around.

13. Nights out with friends.

14. Romance.

15. Being able to pop to the shops when you want.

16. A toned stomach.

17. Adventurous or cultural vacations/holidays.

18. Silence.

19. Just sitting down to read a book during the day.

20. Sex.

21. Being able to relax in a pub beer garden.

22. Cheap vacations/holidays.

23. Not being asked ‘Why’ all the time.

24. Having a car journey in peace.

25. Suffering a hangover without having to look after a child at the same time.

26. Watching grown-up TV during the daytime.

27. Being able to finish a cup of tea before it goes cold.

28. Snacking on treats without having to share them, or eat them in secret.

29. Going to the cinema to watch anything other than an animation.

30. Pre-baby boobs.

31. Being able to travel light when you go away.

32. Being able to have your hair / nails done guilt free.

33. The days when you could watch your own film instead of watching the same kid’s film over and over.

34. Not having to watch what you say or talk in code because of ‘little ears’.

35. A clean car.

36. Daytime drinking.

37. Not having to always be wondering where the nearest toilet is, in case they need a wee.

38. Not having to fork out on babysitters (if you even manage to go out).

39. Being able to swear whenever you want.

40. Sitting down to read the newspaper with a morning coffee.

41. Spa days.

42. A good diet.

43. Being able to go down the stairs without navigating a stair gate.

44. Being able to do a wash without having to check the pockets of everything going in.

45. Being able to listen to your music in the car instead of nursery rhymes.

46. Being able to listen to music or the radio ‘normally’ instead of the same kid’s song on repeat.

47. Having a small car instead of a people carrier.

48. Having make up in your handbag instead of wet wipes.

49. Being able to plug things in without having to always remove the plug adapters first.

50. Not smelling a bit like baby puke all the time.

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