K.C. Summers

K.C. Summers is the copy chief for AARP, the former travel editor of the Washington Post, and a new grandmother.
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Buying adorable little presents for adorable little grandchildren is a cinch. What's harder is ferreting out those genuinely useful items that will make life easier for the kiddos and their parents. With only nine shopping days left till Christmas, I asked six new moms of my acquaintance what they'd most like to receive this season — either for themselves or their kids. Right from the mama horses' mouths, here are some great gift ideas you might not have thought of.
Charlie
Bill Clinton was on the Ellen show this week talking about his new granddaughter, or as I like to call her, the other Charlotte. The former prez made some great points about grandparenting, although he and Hillary clearly haven’t spent a whole lot of time with the little one.
Blow dryer, hair dryer
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?
babysitfinal
“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.”
Baby and dog
Dear Hillary,
MaggieSmith
My daughter is about to give birth, and I’m thrilled beyond words that a precious new life is entering the world, yada yada. But let’s get down to what’s really important: What do I want the baby — my first grandchild — to call me?
Baby bump, pregnant woman
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. 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.
calendar wired
The giant travel aggregator site Kayak has some advice for consumers on the best times to book travel in order to snag the cheapest airfares.
Plane taking off.
I was resigned to spending my last week of vacation in the backyard. Then I got a call from a friend whose husband had suddenly hurt his back and couldn't go with her on their long-planned trip to Scotland. Would I like to take his place, accommodations included? And oh yes, she was leaving in two days.
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