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A New Boomer Grandma’s Tips for Buying the Right Stuff

Posted By K.C. Summers On August 26, 2014 @ 2:57 pm In Parenting Part 2 | No Comments

Only two weeks till I become a first-time grandmother – and I desperately need some baby basics. I’m told that the must-have item these days is the Pack ‘n Play [1]. That’s what we used to call a playpen, children, but now it’s a “play yard, complete with options like “micro-fleece newborn napper station, changing table attachment, night light (!), music player (!!) and detachable toy bar. As someone who came of age in the ’60s, may I just say: Shoot me now. On the other hand, all my new-grandmother friends swear by this thing. Click.

Baby bump, pregnant woman [2]

My granddaughter

The second-most-recommended item: Sophie the Giraffe [3]. Apparently babies go nuts over this French teething toy. OK, it is kind of cute, but $25? I think we can skip this one. Ditto baby monitors [4]. I’m as forward-thinking as the next boomer granny, but I’ll be keeping tabs on this little one the old-fashioned way – by hovering over her bassinet and holding a mirror up to her mouth, just like I did with her mom. >> 9 Nasty Things to Throw Away Today [5] Back in the olden days, when I became a first-time mother at the then-ancient age of 28, there was so much less stuff! But while some of the modern accoutrements are completely insane (lighted baby-wipe warmers [6]? thousand-dollar strollers [7]? baby whirlpool baths [8]??), I’ve gotta say I’m loving some of the new gear. Like the cute nursing pillows [9]that make breastfeeding comfier for both mom and baby. Or the foam floor chair [10] that doubles as a booster seat. Both of these are ready and waiting at my house for when Beth and the baby come to visit. True, they’re not essential, but I want to make my place as mama- and baby-friendly as possible. >> Get travel discounts with your AARP Member Advantages. [11] Here’s my winnowed-down list of six essential items for new grandmothers.

  1. Portable play yard [1].
  2. Infant rocker chair [12].
  3. Baby thermometer [13].
  4. Baby carrier [14].
  5. Stroller [15].
  6. A few board books [16] – because it’s never too soon to start them reading.

What have I missed? Is there a product you swear by that helps keep your grandchild happy? Please share with the new-grandma class!   Also of Interest

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[1] Pack ‘n Play: http://www.amazon.com/Playards-Gear/b?ie=UTF8&node=166841011

[2] Image: http://blog.aarp.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/bump1.jpg

[3] Sophie the Giraffe: http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=4233184&KPID=7953922&mr:trackingCode=FF0C7567-7315-E311-A497-90E2BA285E75&mr:referralID=NA&mr:filter=78126478966&camp=PLAPPC-_-PID7953922&mr:ad=54651725686&kpid=7953922&mr:device=c&mr:match=&mr:adType=pla&cagpspn=plab_7953922&mr:keyword=

[4] baby monitors: http://www.amazon.com/b/?ie=UTF8&node=166870011&tag=googhydr-20&hvadid=1124215481&hvpos=1t2&hvexid=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=9119582059560851151&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=b&hvdev=c&ref=pd_sl_802ulqu5mk_b

[5] >> 9 Nasty Things to Throw Away Today: http://www.aarp.org/health/healthy-living/info-04-2013/9-nasty-things-to-throw-away-photos.html#slide1?intcmp=AE-BLIL-DOTORG

[6] lighted baby-wipe warmers: http://www.diapers.com/p/munchkin-warm-glow-wipe-warmer-36103?noappbanner=true&utm_source=Diapers_SG&utm_medium=PDP_SG&utm_campaign=di-sg-to-mobile

[7] thousand-dollar strollers: http://www.bugaboo.com/home

[8] baby whirlpool baths: http://www.amazon.com/Summer-Infant-Luxuries-Whirlpool-Bubbling/dp/B004HJS6MO

[9] nursing pillows : http://www.target.com/s/boppy+nursing+pillow?ref=tgt_adv_XS000000&AFID=google&CPNG=baby_breast+feeding+acc&adgroup=nursing+pillow&LNM=+boppy%20+nursing%20+pillow&MT=broad&LID=9p7819653&KID=4de29330-f96b-6b49-3270-000009ee837e&gclid=CjwKEAjw4PCfBRCz966N9pvJ4GASJAAEdM_K8wCfcXEHS-3io7lInTB2X3fqKNyJQOsW60IwIls_gRoCyUTw_wcB

[10] foam floor chair: http://www.amazon.com/Bumbo-B10056-Floor-Seat-Blue/dp/B0092NNQ98

[11] >> Get travel discounts with your AARP Member Advantages.: http://discounts.aarp.org/travel/index/uSource/HCTN?intcmp=AE-BL-TRV-DISC

[12] Infant rocker chair: http://www.amazon.com/Fisher-Price-Infant-To-Toddler-Rocker-Blue-Green/dp/B000WUB9O4

[13] Baby thermometer: http://www.target.com/s/baby+thermometer?ref=tgt_adv_XS000000&AFID=google&CPNG=baby08&adgroup=baby+general&LNM=Baby%20thermometer&MT=broad&LID=9p7777166&KID=4de29330-f96b-6b49-3270-000009ee837e&gclid=CjwKEAjw4PCfBRCz966N9pvJ4GASJAAEdM_Kdj0uiRD6r0idWMPSHO2LXZDz9bSC6z3jG_8HUI0K0hoCI-7w_wcB

[14] Baby carrier: http://www.target.com/c/baby-carriers-gear/-/N-5q0eu

[15] Stroller: http://www.sears.com/baby-gear-strollers-travel-systems/b-1020375?keywordSearch=false&previousSort=ORIGINAL_SORT_ORDER&viewItems=50&sid=ISx20140327xNonBrand&psid=23x2183160&knshCrid=3638511&k_clickID=4de29330-f96b-6b49-3270-000009ee837e

[16] board books: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/u/baby-board-books/379001606/

[17] Tips for Empty Nesters on Selling the Family Home: http://blog.aarp.org/2014/08/19/tips-for-empty-nesters-on-selling-the-family-home/?intcmp=AE-ENDART1-BL-REL

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