Baby 101: A Refresher Course for Grandparents
Are you a first time grandparent? If you are, you may be nervous and unsure of yourself and your intended roles. After all, a large amount of time has likely passed since you were a parent yourself. That is why many new grandparents are urged to take the time to re-familiarize themselves with newborns and infants.
Although you are likely well aware of the fact that newborns and infants are fragile, you may need to refresh your memory when it comes to feeding, burping, bathing, dressing, and changing your new grandchild’s diapers. When your new grandchild comes home, you will want to keep a close eye on your son or daughter to examine their actions. In all honesty, once you see your new grandchild getting a bath or having their diaper changed, it should all come back to you. Just remember to proceed with caution.
Grandparents often spend large amounts of time with their new grandchildren, especially in the first years. Whether you stop by for a visit or take on the role of a babysitter, it is important to know your grandchild’s feeding schedule and habits. This is particularly important if you will be watching your grandchild in your own home. While many parents will send a supply of diapers and baby formula, you may also wish to purchase your own supply. This is okay, as long as you receive the proper information first. Constantly changing diapers and baby formula can unintentionally cause problems for newborns and infants.
One of the many tasks that you will likely complete, when assisting your son or daughter with your new grandchild, involves dressing. When dressing your new grandchild, especially newborns and infants, it is important to double check everything. Newborns and infants are at an increased risk of suffocation from wearing the wrong clothes or from clothes that weren’t properly put on. Make sure that there are no dangerous or loose buttons on your grandchild’s clothing, as well as strings that may pose chocking hazards. If anything looks out of the ordinarily, it may be best to choose a new outfit. You are also advised to keep these safety points in mind when shopping for baby clothes.
The above mentioned tips are just a few of the many that can help you adjust to your new role as a grandparent. There is nothing wrong with purchasing a baby book for yourself or doing additional research online. In fact, the more knowledgeable you are about newborns and infants, the more helpful support you will be able to provide your family with.
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