So you’ve just discovered that you’re going to be a grandparent for the first time- Congratulations!
Before you know it a little boy or girl will enter your life and change it forever. While it’s important for you to help the parents prepare, you should also start making preparations yourself. Particularly if you intend on being a big part of your grandchild’s life and want to see them regularly. So now you’ve received this glorious news, it’s time to start taking action. Here are three things all grandparents should do to prepare themselves for the arrival of their grandson or daughter.
Brush up your knowledge
If it’s been awhile since you’ve taken care of a baby or young child, now is the perfect time to brush up your skills and knowledge. While some things will be similar to when you brought up your kids, some techniques may differ. Visit your local library or go online to find books designed for first-time grandparents in the 21st Century.
Why not consider taking a child care or first aid course before your grandchild arrives too. You can usually find these online or at local community centers. This could give you the skills and confidence you need to deal with an emergency should one occur. You can never know too much, so the more learning you do, the better prepared you will be.
Buy with care
As a soon-to-be grandparent, you will naturally be desperate to start spoiling your grandchild right away. But try to avoid buying anything without asking the parents first. Talk to them about what items they are yet to buy and what baby brands and styles they prefer. That way you know you are buying toys, clothing or baby equipment they need and like.
As well as buying for the parents, also consider buying some items for your own home. Having items such as a stroller or crib can be convenient when your grandchild comes to stay. But before you start spending, take the time to do some research. Look for cribs, toys and booster seat reviews online or talk to other parents about the items they have bought. This will ensure that the items you buy are age appropriate and safe, while also being affordable.
Organize time off
The end of a pregnancy is an exciting time, and it’s unlikely you will want to miss a thing. So start freeing up your schedule around your grandchild’s due date. You might need to organize transport or buy plane or train tickets. If you still work, you may also need to request time off.
Again, talk to your son or daughter about what they would like to do before you do anything. They might want some time alone immediately after the birth or may want you there for support. The weeks after the birth can often be difficult, which could be the perfect time for you to provide your assistance. But always check first.
Nine months can fly by very quickly. So try to get everything ready well in advance and avoid leaving everything to the last minute.