Summers often provide grandparents the opportunity to spend extra time with the grandkids. While parents continue their work schedule, grandpa and grandma lovingly spoil their little ones. Many grandparents are actually raising their grandkids or providing year-round part time care.
Grandparents are are more than just babysitters, they provide a unique generational connection. Their stories and life experiences can provide a treasure trove of valuable links to the family’s past. Hard-earned wisdom can offer guidance when youngsters are searching for answers. They are unique.
If you’re a grandparent caring for your grandkids – God bless you! What a wonderful gift you are giving to your kids and their children.
Now is a good time to educate yourself on the new medical discoveries made since you raised your own children by asking your grandchild's parents to share information. The medical profession has learned a lot about having infants sleep safely on their backs and on safer over-the-counter medications for illnesses, as well as many other things. A child safety update can be enormously beneficial.
It may have been a while since you’ve been in charge of a little one’s care; to help freshen up on child home safety, here is a list of safety recommendations by the American Academy of Pediatrics:
Nursery & Sleeping Area -
• If you saved your own child's crib, stored in your attic or garage, perhaps awaiting the arrival of a grandchild someday, you should replace it with a new one. Guidelines for children's furniture and equipment have changed dramatically, and a crib that is more than a few years old will not meet today's safety standards. This is likely also true for other saved and aging furniture that could pose risks to children, such as an old playpen.
• Buy a changing table, use your own bed, or even a towel on the floor to change the baby's diapers. As she gets a little older, and she becomes more likely to squirm, you may need a second person to help in changing her diaper.
• Do not allow your grandchild to sleep in your bed.
• Keep the diaper pail emptied.
• Put "kiddie locks" on the cabinets; to be extra safe, move unsafe cleansers and chemicals so they're completely out of reach.
• Remove any dangling cords, such as those from the coffeepot or toaster.
• Take extra precautions before giving your grandchild food prepared in microwave ovens. Microwaves can heat liquids and solids unevenly, and they may be mildly warm on the outside but very hot on the inside.
• Store pills, inhalers, and other prescription or nonprescription medications, as well as medical equipment, locked and out of the reach of your grandchild. Be especially vigilant that all medications of any kind are kept up and away from a child's reach and sight.
• Put nonslip material in the bathtub to avoid dangerous falls.
• If there are handles and bars in the bathtub for your own use, cover them with soft material if you are going to be bathing the baby there.
• Never leave a child unattended in a tub or sink filled with water.
Baby Equipment Safety
• Never leave your grandchild alone in a high chair or in an infant seat located in high places, such as a table or countertop.
• Do not use baby walkers.
• Buy new toys for your grandchild that has a variety of sounds, sights, and colors. Simple toys can be just as good. Remember, no matter how fancy the toys may be your own interaction and play with your grandchild are much more important.
• Toys, CDs, and books should be age-appropriate and challenge children at their own developmental level.
• Avoid toys with small parts that the baby could put into her mouth and swallow. Follow the recommendations on the package to find toys suitable for your grandchild's age.
• Because toy boxes can be dangerous, keep them out of your home, or look for one without a top or lid.
Garage and Basements
• Make sure that the automatic reversing mechanism on the garage door is operating.
• Keep all garden chemicals and pesticides as well as tools in a locked cabinet and out of reach.
• Make sure that freezers, refrigerator and washing machines are not accessible.
These safety tips can help recharge your memory when it comes to caring for small children as well as offer some new ideas on making your home a safer place for them to visit.
Times have changed since your children were young. Your energy level may not be quite as high as it once was, so planning the day with rest breaks included can help you and the kids.
While some things may have changed, love is still the universal ingredient that helps children thrive and grandparents have plenty of that!