If you’re about to become a grandparent for the first time, you might feel a bit overwhelmed with the thought of baby-proofing your home all over again. Don’t worry. You have at least six months before you have to think about buying electrical outlet covers and baby gates.
However, you’ll need a few things once you decide that one of the best ways to express your love for the new addition to your family is to volunteer to babysit. Since it’s probably been a few years since you shopped for baby items, here’s a look at what you might want to pick up before the little one comes to your home.
Unless you are watching your grandbaby every day, it isn’t necessary to purchase a full-size crib. Lots of different styles are available, giving you plenty of options. One of the best facets of the portable styles is that they are easily collapsed and set up, so you don’t even need a designated room for one of these.
While it is likely that your grandbaby will arrive at your home with bottles and baby food, Mom and Dad might forget to bring along a few essentials like infant-sized bibs, plastic-coated baby spoons, and a bottle warmer. Of course, you can easily find a few items to add to this collection or forego the bottle warmer if the visits won’t be too frequent.
If you are looking for ways to express your love when a new grandbaby is in the house, you might be tempted to buy a ton of toys. Just remember to keep them age appropriate so you don’t need to worry about choking hazards.
It’s never too early to incorporate reading as one of the ways to express your love to the latest addition to the family. It gets a good habit started early. Plus, the baby will probably love hearing the soothing sound of your voice as you read each story.
Even though you’ll be doing all of the book handling in the early months, it’s a great idea to purchase board books that can hold up to the wear and tear of little hands pulling at them.
A Car Seat
Even if your grandbaby is getting dropped off, you might need to take the car somewhere while you are babysitting. Since car seats are rated for the child’s size, make sure that you purchase one that is suitable.
Whether or not your home is in an area with sidewalks, having a lightweight stroller readily accessible is a good idea. You never know when you might need to take the baby shopping with you. Plus, taking a walk outside before naptime is a great way to get the little one to settle down.
A “Second Home” for Your Grandbaby
Knowing how to express your love for your grandbaby is going to come naturally once you have the little guy or gal in your arms. Getting a head start with a few essentials can’t hurt though. Plus, you’ll save the grandbaby’s parents the trouble of having to lug things back and forth.