Becoming a Grandma

Becoming a grandma

Becoming a grandma marks a new, fun, and exciting chapter in life. Is it always? For some grandmas-to-be, it takes a second to catch their breath to come to terms with the reality of this news, and that’s OK. Regardless of which grandma you are, we are in this together. From personal experience, Nan has been on both sides of this fence and understands.

Families face fear and worry as their child announces a pregnancy. Many times this comes with unexpected pregnancies, especially with very young mothers. Thoughts race through your mind, how will they manage? What will happen? How are they going to afford having a child? You want to be excited but you are scared for them. Yes, you will be there for them but they must be responsible for this life they have created. No matter what, you will absolutely love the baby. He or she will make your heart melt. 

Other grandmas can tell you how exciting it is and how much love you will feel, but you won’t fully grasp it until you meet your precious little nugget. You know you will love them, but your heart fills with an unbelievable joy when you meet the baby for the first time. The tiny button nose, sweet little mouth, and those itty-bitty fingers and toes are so beautiful and perfect, and just like that, they’ve stolen your heart!!

It’s probably been a while since you’ve held a tiny baby in your arms. It may also feel a bit awkward as your daughter or son (or dil/sil*) watch your EVERY move, just as you did with your newborn! Don’t worry, you’re a pro! Your loving grandma instincts kick into gear, and you will relax!

Cuddle your little nugget…the adventure begins!!! Congratulations on becoming a grandma!

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What Does a New Grandma Need at Her House?

Every new grandma wants to know what she’ll need at her house when her grandbaby baby arrives. There are so many new gadgets and updated toys it can be overwhelming. Nan is pretty practical and trying not to overfill the house, but you may want your home filled with baby items from the get-go, and that’s okay! So many things depend on how often your little nugget will be at your home. Do they live with you? If so, you need it all! Will you watch the baby for one day or every day-of-the week, or will they be spending the night? Will your son or daughter be bringing baby gear too?

Let’s start with what you need at the very beginning….

Pack ‘n Play* – Whether the baby is spending the night or not, a new grandma needs this at her house! It’s so helpful to have a designated and safe place for the baby to nap or even change a diaper. The Pack ‘n Play has improved over the years by adding a bassinette feature, which is removable once the baby can turn over. Then they can sleep in the lowest part of the playard.

Bouncer Seat* – This is a must-have in Nan’s opinion! The seat contours to the baby’s body, its super comfy. Some have a battery-operated feature that vibrates the seat enough to soothe the baby. These are great when you have the whole family over for dinner. The baby can sit in the bouncer seat and watch everything that’s going on. We would put the baby on the kitchen island so they could see everyone at the table and all the lights. It was a hit!

Of course, it’s always nice to have a few bibs, burpee cloths, and blankets you keep at your home. By providing a designated diaper changing station with a changing mat, wipes and diapers, everyone can help with the little one. Plus, you won’t feel guilty if you want to use extra wipes! (Also, establish with your kids from the beginning where you want wet/dirty diapers thrown away.)

My daughters were bringing their bottle warmers over when they came to visit. I decided to purchase one to save them the trouble of lugging the thing around. We used to just warm water in the microwave and stick the bottle in it for our babies, but this invention is pretty awesome!

I didn’t purchase a car seat until my grandsons were a little older because when they visited, I didn’t take them out and about due to Covid. If you purchase one, consider whether you want to buy a base that matches their infant car seat. I did this when I did start venturing out on occasion with the babies. Your grand will be in the infant seat for a short while, and it is easy to get the seat in and out using a base (though it is heavy). It is also the more affordable option since the baby is required to use the infant car seat until they outgrow it, and you’ll probably want to upgrade to a larger car seat somewhere around their first birthday (depending on their size).*

These are the essentials used to prepare my house initially. As we talked about earlier, everyone is different, and our budgets are different. Some of you will have grands living with you, some will babysit every day, and some will babysit a couple of days a week. Others may only see their grands for occasional visits due to long distances. Hopefully, this helps in your initial preparations for the beautiful bundle of joy joining your family!

In our next post, let’s continue this conversation about what a new grandma needs at her house. Let’s chat about what has been added to Nan’s household over the last twelve months. I tried not to add everything at once because we wouldn’t need it all at the very beginning plus, we recently downsized our home so there was some practicality in trying not to add too much at once.

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*As a reminder, please read all instructions and safety materials with all baby product purchases. Read all age, weight, and safety recommendations before using any products with a baby.

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6 Fun Things to Do with Your Grands This Summer!

Coming up with fun ideas to do with your grands can be challenging, especially with video games or other technology competing for your time and attention. Getting them outside for fresh air is a much-needed break for their brains and you’ll be creating fun memories by being right there playing alongside them! Here are some fun things to do with your grandchildren that are memorable and create a lot of laughter!

Help them run some energy off and get some fresh air! It will be good for both of you! Ready, set, go!

Go on a Scavenger Hunt

Kids love a scavenger hunt! Go out into your yard or go to a local park either way; they will have a great time, and so will you! Use this scavenger hunt or make one for yourself. You will see your grands personalities shine and create fun memories!

Walk in a Creek

Find a local park with a creek and first it out for safety purposes. Check to see where it is most shallow and where you should and shouldn’t walk. Make sure you and your grand have old sneakers to walk in the creek. These will protect your feet from sharp rocks and objects and help you both walk more steadily.

Kids absolutely love doing this because they can splash, stomp, and get as wet as they want!

TIP 1: Be sure to go on a hot day because usually the creeks are surrounded by trees and well shaded. If it is cool out, the water won’t feel as refreshing and you may have a cold, grumpy kiddo.

TIP 2: Bring towels to keep in your car to dry off and warm-up with for the drive home.

Paint Kindness Rocks

Be sure to bring home a few rocks from your walk in the creek to paint later. Join the trend of painting “Kindness Rocks.” Cover an outdoor table with paper to protect it from paint drips, and let the kiddos have fun! Let them paint away and get a little messy. Help them come up with kind messages to paint on the rocks. Examples include: “Be Brave,” “You Rock,” “Love,” and “Peace.” Seal them with Modge Podge. Once the rocks have dried, place them around the community with your grands so members of the community can find them. The idea behind the kindness rock is that the person who finds it needs the message you are sharing!

This is a great activity for kids, as it encourages compassion and is definitely a value that needs to be demonstrated these days.

Volunteer Together

Discover organizations that have special meaning to you and/or your grand. Find out when they have volunteer opportunities or will be hosting a fundraising walk. Bring your grand along to volunteer. Explain the importance of volunteering, how you will be helping that day, and teach them why giving back is important.

Make Bird a Feeder

Making a bird feeder is an easy craft for all age groups. Plan ahead as you’ll need plenty of empty toilet paper rolls for this project because kids want to make more than one. Use these project instructions to make an easy-peasy bird feeder.

Go to a Playground

Going to a playground needs no explanation at all! Kids love them! Go to a park near your home or go to a new one. When our kids were young, during the summer, we would go to the different elementary schools in our area to let them play on the school’s playgrounds. They thought that was a lot of fun. It’s always fun to play on a new playground with different equipment! Plus, it’s free!

This list is just the start; I’m confident you have other fun things to do with your grandchildren this summer! Please feel free to share your ideas with us, we would love to hear them.

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