It’s always an exciting time when you know the grandkids are coming to visit, and even more so when it’s going to be for a lengthy period of time. It could even be that you are getting grandbaby-sitting duties while mum and dad are at work.
But everyone know’s kids come with lots of special requirements, right? Where will they sleep? How do you keep your home safe and sound from enquiring little minds? What about the equipment you need just to get out and about?
Babierge, a world-wide company that hires out baby gear, like an Airbnb, but for baby gear, offered this advice on how to prepare for the visits as well as offering a list of the types of things that will come in handy.
All babies are different, and they mature at unique rates. Be sure to consider your grandbaby’s physical development in regards to these gear recommendations.
Three important considerations for visits:
Your grandbabies will nap more peacefully and are more likely to sleep through the night if their bed is just like the one at home. When babies and little ones sleep well, everyone gets to rest and enjoy family vacation time together. This is why full-size wooden cribs are a better choice than compact Pack ‘n Plays.
Hint: Have mom or dad bring the sheet baby slept on the night before the visit. This will help the baby adjust to a new location as the crib will smell and feel like home.
Must have for all children – age appropriate car seats. It’s often easier to rent these than it is to have your children lug them through the airport. Once babies are mobile, you’ll want safety gates to keep them away from flights of stairs, or limit their free play area. Older cribs with one side that slides down, like the ones you used when your own children were babies, are no longer considered safe.
Weather permitting, your grandchildren will thrive with quality outdoor time. Consider having a baby backpack for local hiking, and be sure you have a quality stroller for walks around the neighbourhood. If you enjoy running, a jogging stroller will allow you to bring your grandbaby along.
Here’s the gear you’re likely to need (or enjoy) when your grandchildren visit.
Infants 0 – 3 Months
4 – 6 months
6 months to a year (until walking)
1 yr to 2 years
2 years +