Homebound baby, yes, I know you are excited! What support are you going to offer the new parents?
Are you there when the baby arrives home? Or did the parents want to have a "Babymoon" period before you arrive.
If you live close, you can probably just drop by to see your new Grandbaby, but always remember to call and bring food for the new parents.
It won't matter if it is frozen, drive through or homemade, they will appreciate your remembering them and really appreciate it!
Meals will be just one less thing that they have to worry about while adjusting to their new family.
Also, many of the new parents can't adjust to the new baby schedule. This will mean that many of the Mom's and Dad's will be sleep deprived during the first few days home from the hospital.
Help where ever you can!
After the new parents and the baby arrive home, each will be trying to adjust to being at home with a baby schedule and routine.
What other services can you offer to your children that would be helpful? Of course, you want to "ooh and ahh" over your precious grandchild.
Remember that the new family will need your support during this time. You will be even more important to them! However, give them space, let them tell you what is needed?
they will tell you what you can do to make their life easier for their new baby and themselves? From
going to the grocery, making dinner, running to the pharmacy for
medications, etc., just be available to make their life easier!
just someone to talk to about what is going on in your new world of
being a parent. At the moment, blogs and girl friends may not be one
who your daughter or daughter in law want to discuss private matters.
Remember, not to overstep your boundaries or offer your opinion to often!
Please also remember that this time needs to be a very calming influence on your new grandbaby and their parents.
the three day rule during the first visits after your grandbaby comes
home. We all know how excited everyone is, but please give the new
family time to relax and bond. If you are an Long-Distance Grandparent
and staying at a hotel, remember not to overstay your visit. There
will be time for you to visit in the future when schedules are in place,
baby is adjusted to a routine and hopefully, the new parents have
This time is very precious and both Mom and babies often tire easily. Be aware of this when you visit.
If Mom is breast feeding, she will need privacy to feed or pump. Acknowledge this special time in their lives and don't overstep your boundaries.
Other suggestions while you visit include time for the parents.
Babysit for a couple of hours so the parents can take a nap or just enjoy a relaxing shower while you take over duties of watching your grandchild.
When you have just brought your new baby home from the hospital, you have decisions to make. Do you want to have a "Babymoon" time for just you and your family. Do you want your "Mom" to help you by spending time in the home and giving you a rest break? Do you want the Long-Distance Grandparent to visit now or wait until you have a routine established. Yes, these are your decisions!
Enjoy this precious time together!
Cooking, running errands and cleaning the house are just a few of the ways that we can assist our children after the baby comes home and they are sleep deprived.
What have you done to support your grandchild's parent lately?