Skip to Content

10 Top Tips for a New Grandma – Be the Best Grandparent!

Thanks for Sharing!

Being a new Grandma is exciting and wonderful!  You’re probably getting a lot of advice about Grandparenting, aren’t you?  Well, I’ve learned a few things along the way!  Let me share with you a few top tips for a first-time Grandmother.  

Top 10 secrets for new Grandmas

10 Top Tips for a New Grandma

It all starts when the expectant parents tell you the good news by making a pregnancy announcement,

“You’re going to be a Grandma!”. 

You may have seen it coming, heard “rumors” that they’re trying, or understand the heartbreak they’ve already been through hoping to become parents. 

You may have not even seen it coming! 

However it came to this point, it doesn’t matter. 

This may be the best thing to ever happen to you.

Grandparenting has stepped into your future.  Are you ready?

Here are some great ideas and advice for new Grandparents

Being a new grandma can be tricky. We’re offering up some important things for you to consider, especially if you’re going to be a 1st time grandma.

Since I’ve been through this myself – realizing I’m going to be a Grandma – let me share some things I’ve learned that worked for me and my family. Some friendly advice from grandma to grandma.

Offer advice if asked.

Offer Advice

This applies to everything baby-related beginning with the time you hear the splendid news. 

The parents-to-be will find their way or ask for advice from you if they need it. 

Baby “procedures” have changed since you became a parent yourself. 

Give non-judgmental, non-critical advice when asked. 

It’s a scary thing, being pregnant, wondering what’s in store, for Mom & Dad alike, and taking that new baby home. 

Especially for first-time parents.  Allow them time to find their way, but be there when you’re needed. 

Be a supportive new Grandma.

Be there, but not in the way.

Let the new parents know you are available and ready to offer a little help – or a lot of help if they need it. 

Let the new parents know you are available and ready to help. 

But don’t go overboard.  Being a new parent, especially a first time parent, can be stressful and challenging. 

Don’t give them more reasons to worry. 

Allow them to enjoy their time with their new little family. 

How Often Should Grandparents See Their Grandchildren

Be an available new Grandmother.

Encourage the new parents

Whether or not this is their first child, every new parent can benefit from your encouragement.

Reinforce your confidence in their skills, let them know they can handle whatever situations arise, and mind their rules.

You may not always agree with their choices, but in order to have a good relationship and continue seeing your new granddaughter or new grandson, you will want to let them know they are doing a great job, abide by their wishes, and not rock the boat.

Grandkids touch your heart

Keep your opinions to yourself.

Suppress the urge to correct, judge, or criticize the decisions made about the care of the new baby. 

Unless you actually see imminent harm coming to the child, it’s better to discuss your concerns with an understanding attitude than the “what in the world are you thinking?” approach. 

Be a kind new Grandma.

Related Posts:  

Setting Boundaries for Overzealous Grandparents

A Message to my Grandchildren: Things I Want my Grandkids to Know

If you want the chance to babysit or even have your Grandchild visit your home, you need to make it safe and comfortable. 

Check for dangers and remove or replace what needs attention.  We cover all this in our post: Home Safety Tips: Making Your Home Safer for Your Grandchildren

Have supplies on hand, like wipes, a few diapers, a blanket, and maybe a crib or portable sleeping arrangements.  We have some ideas of things you might need in this post: Starter Supplies Every New Grandma Needs

Your children will be more likely to leave the child in your care or come for a visit if they feel comfortable in your home. 

Knowing the baby is safe and that a few emergency supplies are available will help to ease their minds.  Be a conscientious new Grandma.

Baby in tire swing

Get your camera ready.

As a first-time Grandma, you’ll probably be excited to take photos of this little one. 

Don’t forget to take your camera, or at least your phone, when you visit. 

For more information on photos to capture: 10 Valuable Photo Memories for the Best Memory Keepers to Capture

Make your visits the priority, though.  Instead of trying for the perfect photo, try for the perfect connection. 

Have someone else snap a few pictures of you with your new Grandchild. 

When they are a little older, they will love seeing themselves as a baby and will know that you were there. 

In fact, the perfect way to do this is a digital photo frame that they can watch with you as they grow!

Be an interested new Grandma.

Tips for Grandmas

Start your memory keeping efforts.

Begin the process of memory keeping as soon as you discover you’re going to be a Grandma. 

Start a journal, record how you’re feeling, write stories of their birth from your perspective. 

Make a memory book, scrapbook, or photo album.  You could even start a blog

Choose a method, or a combination of methods, to preserve these precious moments. 

It will be one of the best gifts for yourself, and a great gift to your children and grandchildren in the future.

Babies aren’t babies for very long – help yourself remember the days.  Be a storytelling new Grandma.

Gramma and baby

Pick your name.

What will your Grandchild and future Grandchildren call you? 

Nana, Mimi, Grandma, Granny?  Decide on a name that will distinguish you from other Grandparents. 

When the parents refer to you, the child will understand that they are talking about you. 

Be a recognized new Grandma.

Buy a few children’s books.

Reading to a child is a great way to connect.  Have books available to read while you snuggle. 

Hearing your voice, getting to know you, and starting an appreciation for reading early are only a few of the reasons for reading to your Grandchild. 

Be an educational new Grandma.

Love this child. 

Another important tip for the new Grandma – every child is different. 

No two people are alike, and your Grandchild should be perfect in your eyes. 

Accept this child unconditionally, expressing your love at every opportunity. 

They are only little once. 

Your relationship with your Grandchild starts the first moments you are together. 

This bond you’re forming will be off to a good start!  Be a loving Grandma.

baby and grandparents

Share the love.

There are other people in this child’s life that want to show their love, too. 

Be considerate and welcoming of those who want to know your Grandchild. 

As they say, it takes a village. 

Graciously giving space to others will serve to enrich your own experiences with your little person. 

He or she has enough love to go around. 

Be a generous Grandma.

Be an Awesome Grandmother!

So far, you’ve read some great tips for a new Grandma.

Here is some more advice from other parents and grandparents:  Advice for soon-to-be grandparents.  Tips from this post were included!

Becoming a Grandparent can be a rewarding, fulfilling experience for everyone involved. 

Make an effort to be the best Grandma in the world by using these tips for new Grandmas. 

Your adult children will appreciate it.

Babies will see you as a “best” Grandma from the beginning, so start the connection early, and keep it up! 

It’s SO worth it!

Keep Passing Down the Love,

kimberly signature

Grandma’s Tip of the Day:  The best things to give your Grandchildren are not material things.  Your time and your love are what matter most.    

Thanks for Sharing!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Kay

Wednesday 12th of February 2020

I have been a New grandma K, for 5 years. I met my granddaughter when she was 6. I sat down with her and told her I didn't know how to be a grandma and I needed her help. And how did she want me to talk to her baby or adult? Adult is what she wanted. I then told he that these are grandma's rules. One was don't lie to and them I told her I would never lie to her. If I asked her to do something, to do it. Well we were both tested on that. I asked her to finish her laundry when she was 10. She said she didn't want to. I didn't argue with her just told her that she couldn't have with little sister and me the next day. She said ok. Well she was told by her mom to finish the laundry and got in trouble by mom. She came up to me the next day and snuggle up to me and said she was sorry for what she said to me and that she PROMISED never to do it again. This girl's ALWAYS keeps her promise. She is 11 now and the bond that she and I have is like no other. She is my Sweet Pea.

Dorothy

Friday 24th of January 2020

I am asking my children how I can be a help to them. One baby girl is home and her Twin had been in the NICU the last 4 months. If I see my son & daughter in law doing something that I think is wrong I keep it to myself and just pray for them.

Babyish care

Tuesday 25th of September 2018

As much as you can, stay positive, be flexible, and go with the flow. Focus on supporting the expecting parents rather than telling them what you want – they'll appreciate it.

Grammy Dee | Grammy's Grid

Wednesday 28th of February 2018

Congrats Kimberly! Your post is Featured at the #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty 25 ♥

Kimberly

Wednesday 28th of February 2018

Wow, what an honor! Thank you!

Christie Hawkes

Friday 2nd of February 2018

All good points, Kimberly. You must be a wonderful grandma. It's a talent to be there enough without being overbearing. And by being there, I mean emotionally, physically, and with your advice. Some of my fondest memories are of snuggling with my grandchildren while reading books. Thanks of sharing your tips on #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty.

Kimberly

Saturday 3rd of February 2018

You're right, Christie. There's a fine line. And it depends on the children, too - how much of your involvement is too much for them. Being aware and respectful goes a long way. Thanks for stopping by!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.