So you’re a new Grandma? In order to make visits to your home easier for your Grandchild (and their parents!), it’s good to have a few things on hand. Here are some starter supplies every new Grandma needs.
Starter Supplies New Grandmas Need
As a new Grandma, did you ever wonder what supplies new Grandmas need at their house?
Some Grandmas live close by, others a little farther away, and there are those Grandmas who live many miles away from their Grandchildren.
There are Grandmas with one brand new baby Grandchild and the Grandma with older Grandchildren.
I’m a Grandma with two Grandchildren, but others have many more.
In other words, every Grandma situation is unique.
Our needs differ, our time with our Grandchildren varies, and our connections depend upon a lot of factors out of our control.
So, no matter how many Grands you have, their ages, their location, or the amount of time you get to spend with them, you want to be the best Grandma you know how to be.
What Things Do New Grandparents Need to Have?
I’ve made a list of items that you may want to have available at your home for those times your Grandchild visits.
Consider their ages, how often they visit with and without their parents, and how many Grands you have in your life.
Look over the list of what to keep at a Grandparent’s house for baby and see if any or all of these items would benefit you when your Grands are in your home.
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If you are long-distance and only see your Grands occasionally, it may be appropriate to borrow items from friends instead of purchasing them.
If the items at your house will not be in use every day, it really isn’t necessary to go “top of the line”.Even if you don't plan to bathe the baby, you never know when dinner or diapers may get messy enough to warrant full-on water instead of just a damp cloth.
What Does a New Grandma Need at Her House?
If the baby will be left in your care:
Emergency Phone Numbers
Phone numbers for parents, the child's doctor, the poison control center, and the local hospital emergency room are important numbers to have on hand in an emergency.
If your Grandchild is visiting from out of town, having the emergency numbers for local services is a good idea.
Of course, you should know 911 or the appropriate emergency system number for your area.
You'll Also Need:
If parents are leaving the baby with you, have them complete a release for emergency treatment, just in case you have to authorize any medical treatment in their absence.
For a Crawler
Add these things as the baby reaches appropriate developmental milestones.
Make Your Home Safe
Outlet covers, gates, cabinet locks, cord, and any other potential hazards should be addressed.
Get all the supplies a new Grandma needs!
It’s true that you don’t need everything you see or everything on this list. Your Grandbaby will be just fine, even if you don’t have it all.
But stocking your house will make it easier for your Grandchild’s parents to bring them for a visit. And that’s the goal.
Make it easier for them, which will benefit you in return.
Keep Passing Down the Love,