How Things Have Changed:
Then and Now
My how things have changed: Then and Now!
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.
the list below for what is considered acceptable today when taking care of your grandchild.
How Things Have Changed: Sleeping
- 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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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
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.
- 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.
Babies were given food within 6 to 8 weeks of birth.
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'
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
- 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.
- Note: Always make sure that you pull the elastic around each leg so that you won't have potential leaks!
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.
- 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
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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