Grandparents need to know the new CPR Instructions for infants. If you attend Grandparenting Classes, you will be taught how to do the new CPR guidelines on babies. See this discussion below on CPR from the television show, The Doctors. If you aren't familiar with these new guidelines, please ask a medical professional or attend a local CPR training.
What are the best of the car seats for your grandchild and how do you install a seat?
While attending the Grandparenting Classes, a
variety of car seats were discussed and installation was discussed. Each chair is different, so you will need to read the instructions carefully. If you didn't have an opportunity to take the class, go to the local box store with your child and decide on which car seat you should purchase.
The class instructors also suggested that we have our seats tested to make sure that the seats were installed correctly in your car. Give your local fire department a call to ask if they still check out the car seat installations.
If you decide not to purchase a seat, you can either switch cars with your child or transfer the car seats into your car when you have to take your grandchild to a doctor's appointment or for a treatment.
It is recommended never to buy a second-hand car seat since it could have been damaged in a wreck and you wouldn't know that it doesn't work properly. Although you will find these seats much cheaper at consignment or garage sales, it isn't worth the risk!
The Chicco Keyfit 30 car seats were purchased for our twins due to meeting weight limits of less than 4 pounds. Each had bases and were easy to transfer. We also had bases for our cars. Now at 9 months, the twins will be moving on to other car seats that fit their weight limits.
Phase 1: Rear-facing seats: Infants:
Birth - 35 pounds. Rear-facing infant or rear-facing convertible safety
seat as long as possible, up to the rear-facing height or weight limit
of the seat. Properly install rear-facing in the back seat. Children are usually changed to forward-facing by their second birthday.
Phase 2: Forward-facing seats: When children outgrow the rear-facing safety seat, they should ride in a forward-facing safety seat as long as possible, up to the upper height or weight limit (40 - 80 pounds) of the harnesses. Usually 4+ years old. Properly installed forward-facing in the back seat. NEVER turn forward-facing before 1 year old AND 20-22 pounds.
Phase 3: Booster Seats: After age 4 and 40+ pounds, children can ride in a booster seat with the adult lap and shoulder belt until the adult safety belt will fit them properly (usually when the child is 4'9" tall). MUST have a lap/shoulder belt to use a booster seat.
4: Adult Safety Belt: Once children outgrow their booster seat (usually
at 4'9", 100 pounds) they can use the adult safety belt if it fits them
Lap portion low over the hips/tops of thighs and shoulder belt crosses the center of the shoulder and center of the chest.
Large selection at any baby store. Make sure you check out all options!
Ready for Diaper Changes!
How to change a diaper as explained to us in the NICU. This is an example using disposable diapers.
Remember, this technique while rocking your grandbaby. Often a baby will just have gas when he is fretful. Lay the baby gently over your lap or across your shoulder to help relieve these pains.
Walk around in
the house with a swaying motion. This might resemble a slow dance, but no fancy dips!
Please watch this YouTube video on "How I Swaddle My Baby" to see various techniques to show your baby that you love and are carrying for him.
We all remember when we first bathed our own children. I can remember a nervousness the first time I put my baby in the bathtub because babies are slippery when wet! I can remember wanting someone to help me during the first few times that I bathed my daughter!
Whether my husband or my Mother was needed to hand me the soap or hooded towel, I felt more comfortable.
I have assisted in bathing my grandsons, but not totally on my own. I probably won't take on this task until they are older and can climb into a bathtub!
Grandparents need to know specific facts including:
Then follow the above instructions for changing a diaper, soothing a baby, swaddle a baby and give your grandchild a bath!
In this section, I've provided the areas that I feel important when you are
I have discussed various techniques I felt important for babysitting your grandchild.
So what have I forgotten?