Soothing the Savage Newborn, and Other Grandmother Tricks

As I reimmerse myself in the world of newborns (seven weeks and counting) after three decades off, I’m constantly amazed by the cool new inventions that make baby care so much easier the second time around. How did we boomer parents survive without resealable diaper tabs? Velcro swaddler blankets? Strollers with cup holders? >> 23 Fabulous and Famous Grandmas But the resource I prize above all others, the thing that has truly made a difference in the quality of my …

New Grandparent Shocker: This Is Fun!

“What’s it like for you, coming over here?” my daughter asks when I stop by her house for a visit. “It must be like entering the gates of hell.” She’s joking — sort of. For starters, she’s tethered to that medieval torture device known as a breast pump. If you last encountered one of these things in the ’80s, you may be surprised to learn that they’re as clunky and loud as ever. Perhaps when men can lactate we’ll see …

A Newbie Grandma’s Tips for Hillary Clinton

Dear Hillary, Congratulations on the birth of your first grandchild! That photo of you and Bill gazing adoringly at Baby Charlotte warmed my heart. As a rookie grandmother myself — I’ve got you beat by one week — I can totally relate. My life has turned upside down (in a good way!) since the arrival of my own little Charlotte two weeks ago. >> 23 Fabulous and Famous Grandmas If you’re anything like me, you’ll want to take a break from your day job …

News Flash: Great-grandpa on the Way

We were sitting around the dinner table on a warm Topanga evening looking very much like the family of cops on TV’s Blue Bloods, digging into the best Irish stew ever served in America, when suddenly Nicole, still chewing, said, “Guess what? I’m pregnant.” Everyone gulped down their food simultaneously except for Nicole, our granddaughter, who seemed to float in a space of serene detachment. The moment was still-life for a tick in time. No one knew how to react. …

Susan Sarandon Is a Grandmother!

Actress Susan Sarandon, 67, has played grandmothers in motion pictures, including The Lovely Bones (2009) and, more recently, Tammy. Now her make-believe experience will be put to work in real life. The Oscar-winning actress and self-proclaimed “Ping-Pong propagandist” officially became a grandmother on Aug. 9, when daughter Eva Amurri Martino, 29, and her husband, Kyle Martino, 33, a sports analyst for NBC, welcomed their first child into the world: Marlowe Mae Martino, who weighed in at 6 pounds, 11 ounces. >> …

Why We Waited for the Royal Baby

Babies are a gift, no matter whom they belong to, and as we age past the point of expecting any more of our own, we take our excitement over them wherever we can get it. Today we, along with millions of others around the world, got our baby excitement from a young couple in London who will share their little boy with the whole planet because the child will some day become King of England. Regardless of one’s views about …