How Things Have Changed:
Then and Now

My how things have changed: Then and Now!

According to the experts today and the classes that we took explained in "Best Secret Grandparenting Classes," many of these topics on child care have changed or been reversed.

Please review the list below for what is considered acceptable today when taking care of your grandchild.

How Things Have Changed: Sleeping

Baby on Back
  • THEN: Our babies were placed on their stomachs at night and sometimes covered with a blanket to keep the babies warm. Also, had a matching bumper pad that surrounded this bed.
  • NOW: Statistics show that 85% of new Moms swaddle their babies today.  Specialists and medical experts agree that babies should sleep on their backs to prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).   (However, in my opinion this causes issues with flattening of the baby's head which results in plagiocephaly or brachycephly. If this occurs, then the baby will have a flattened head and eventually, need to be measured for a Doc Band.)
  • Don't place any other objects in the crib. Don't cover the baby with a blanket. Don't use a bumper pad. 

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Inside Doc Band


Baby in the Bed

  • THEN: Cover you baby with a blanket.
  • NOW: Nothing should be in the crib. Swaddle your child.  Yes, this is a Swaddle blanket and there is a baby inside that is bound tightly while sleeping through the night.  

How Things Have Changed: Food

  • THEN: Warmed food in plastic containers.
  • NOW: FDA Has determined that plastic contains BPA which is linked to cancer causing concerns, but at low levels. Since this is still an ongoing discussion, you should consider using glass to heat all baby food.
Baby Food Jars

Baby Food

  • Then:  Baby food was available in the jar containers shown here. 
  • In most cases, you would refer  the Gerber jar in limited variety of flavors.
  • Now:   You can purchase the baby jars that you see listed above, but you can also purchase the baby food pouch and also these baby food tubs.   Both are very user-friendly products for baby's meal.

  • THEN: Babies were given food within 6 to 8 weeks of birth.
  • NOW: Medical experts agree that stomach and intestines aren't developed enough for simple foods. So now pediatricians suggest that babies from 4 to 6 months are introduced to these foods, i.e., cereal. Preemies may be delayed even later. Also, breast feeding Mom's may be encouraged to continue until 12 months.

You may remember your first experience feeding your child Spaghetti. If so, it probably turned out like this picture of my friends' Grandbaby!

  • THEN: Formula was considered the best for baby.
  • NOW: Breast feeding is best for the baby.
  • THEN:  Remember feeding my kids more quick, easy, fast-food type food
  • NOW:  Parents seem to be more aware of food allergies and sensitivities that children experience.  My grandchildren are fed organic milk and fresh fruits and vegetables, home-made not out of a box meals.  I'm very impressed with the nutritional habits of my grandsons! 

Yummy Baby Food


Bonding with Baby


Breast Feeding is Best!

Often babies are fed breast milk through a bottle


How Things Have Changed: Diapers

  • THEN: We used a diaper service that provided cloth diapers that would bring diapers to our home and pickup the soiled diapers weekly. We felt so much better for the environment!
  • Today: This is an accurate depiction of what you see when you go to any big box grocery store!   Many brands, many styles, and many sizes to choose from for your baby to wear.  
Disposable Diaper
  • Note: Always make sure that you pull the elastic around each leg so that you won't have potential leaks!
  • NOW: Convenience rules. Parents I talked with only consider disposable diapers to be used with, of course, a Diaper Genie for disposing of their child's soiled diapers.
Diapered baby
  • THEN: Slathered Baby Oils and creams daily during a bath or diaper changing. Also, I remember, my hands were the softest during this time and I loved that "baby" smell that filled the nursery!
  • NOW: Parents use a milder cream on the babies so that it won't saturate and stop up the pores.

How Things Have Changed:
Spoiling your Grandbaby

Spoil the child and send them back home with their parents!


Finally, the question of a grandparent spoiling a grandbaby. Of course we have all heard the phrase "spoil the child and send them back home with their parents!" How have you spoiled your grandchild? Personally, I never get tired of holding and loving my grandsons!

  • THEN: As parents, we were told not to spoil our babies by rushing to them as soon as they cried.
  • NOW: Experts feel now that you can't spoil a baby during the first few months of life. That is the time when the child is learning to communicate and this fast response helps to create a trust and encourages child development.

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Then and Now: What Changes do you Remember

Do you remember any child care changes from when your kids were born to the care of your grandchildren today?

Please share those "Then and Now" moments!

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