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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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.