Grandparents' Roles

Grandmother holding a babyMany new parents are fortunate to have their own parents close by who will help take care of the baby. This is a happy time for all of you, but it may have been a long time since your mother or others have taken care of an infant. So take the time to discuss with family caregivers the information in this book about crying plans, good nutrition, tummy time, the importance of putting babies to sleep on their backs and how they should never shake your child. Encourage them to spend time each day reading, singing and talking to your baby. 

You also may want to recommend that family members order their own free copies of the Happy Birthday Baby Books at healthyfamiliesnow.net. 

Grandparents can help you by:

  • Lending emotional support and (if asked for) advice.
  • Watching for signs of the baby blues or postpartum depression.
  • Helping with housework or cooking.
  • Running errands and shopping.
  • Taking precious photos of your family. 

 

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