I came across a post that I’d like to share with our Glamma Grandma Group on Facebook and others. It’s an awesome post that gives ideas on how to be the best grandma. Well, you might ask, “Why would we need that?” Well, the name of the article is The 10 Top Tips for a New Grandma – Be the Best Grandparent!
The real deal is that grandma’s have experience. We have raised our own children who are now mothers and fathers. When our children have children, we grandmothers can provide assistance and love and be the best grandmother we can be. Here are a few tips.
1. Best Grandma’s Use These Tips
So what is Grandma’s job? Playing the goo-goo-ga-ga game with the baby, 🙂 providing advice and assistance to the mother, (sometimes when asked, sometimes when not asked, 🙂 and providing suggestions as needed to the family until your son or daughter feels comfortable with their new baby. The above article also assists in guiding, teaching, loving, and best of all cuddling the new grandchild!
2. Learning To Be The Best Grandma
Here are some of my own experiences as a Grandmother.
a) My mom (affectionately known as grandma) helped me become comfortable bathing and holding my first baby. My first child, Tiffani, was so small I was afraid to hold her. Of course, nowadays the hospital staff shows new parents how to hold, feed, and care for a new baby. But it can be a little scary the first time as a new mom bathes her little squiggling infant at home. Grandma’s standing by mama’s side for reassurance will make mama feel more secure and you can assist, if necessary.
b) Grandma can help on busy days and babysit when the new mother needs to get a good nights’ sleep or take a nap during the day. Glamma’s can give moms a much-needed break.
c) Hugging and snuggling. Grandma watching over her grandchildren, singing nursery rhymes, playing ‘patti-cake’ with the grand-baby starts building a bond of love between grandma and baby.
d) Grandma can help keep things organized helping manage mama’s day with the new baby.
3. What About Grand-Dad?
Grandpa can encourage new fathers to help and support the new mom. Grandpa can help the new dad feel more comfortable holding, feeding, changing diapers, etc. Sometimes it’s better coming from a man. 🙂 Grand-dads make great play companions and cuddler’s just like grandma’s do! 🙂
Grandpa can rock babies to sleep and can feed them (be prepared for a mess) 🙂 Grandfathers make great play partners from singing and playing patty-cake to crawling around on the floor in a game of ‘chase’ the baby! Grandfathers and grandchildren can play a game of catch, rolling a ball to back and forth to each other, even when the baby doesn’t catch a thing! Grandbabies love to play peek-a-boo with their grandfather. You can watch them have fun with laughter and giggles. As our grandchildren get older there will be bigger games for Grandpa to teach building upon that bond. Plus playing games like hide and seek, kicking balls, or learning how to ride a tricycle are super fun things to do.
4. It’s Just That Easy
Grandparents (grandma and grandpa) will always have a special bond with their grandchildren. Remember to click on the links above and find more tips to assist new grandparents in providing great, loving care. Do you know any other things that will allow grandparents to build closer bonds with their grandchildren? Please let us know what you think by leaving a note in the comments section below!