Granny Daycare! And All The Things YOU Didn't Know YOU Needed!
Yep. I sure did. I said to my son and daughter-in-law: "I really want to offer daycare for Liam his first year." And I really meant it. In fact, if I thought I could keep up, I would offer for five days a week vs. the three I am. Honestly, I felt I was being overly needy wanting to spend this much time with him...so I tried to show restraint. I think I did ok.
Now this is not unusual for other grandparents to offer this. In fact, I believe every grandparent I know has offered some sort of option for daycare. What is different is the products out there for babies. As a grandparent it has been awhile since I had to purchase any baby products. Other than the few things I purchased on a list given for the baby shower, or simply clothes, I really was not familiar with all the new items out there. I was absolutely stunned to see all available.products! It is crazy fun (and a little overwhelming) to see what can make the life of raising a baby somewhat easier. And to be clear, and for obvious reasons I would like to state: I invented most of these 'new' items when raising my own children. I just never developed them outside of my mind. I thought about them and how much easier things would be if I had this or that.... like a Diaper Genie (click here). I always believed I could use some sort of diaper container I could place wet, yucky diapers in and it would be contained and even deodorized, compacted and with an easy takeaway bag when full. I never thought of the name Diaper Geenie...but I'll go with it! Something very important for me is being cool (temp-wise) and now my grandson can be as well! I welcome the clip on fan for the stroller...I can use it for Liam while wearing my own neck fan...we will be fan(cy) on our walks around the park! Click here for more info. All these products (and more) are on my 'list page' in Amazon...duh!
Another product that I love is the sound machines. Remember walking around with your baby making shushing sounds? Well no more. You can have a portable sound machine that makes that sound...even better and without spittle coming out of your mouth. Genius! (Click here). This sound machine is portable, can be clipped to your shirt (I have done this) or even the stroller or car seat. It creates the sound of mama's womb waaaay better than the sounds we make. I panicked once when I couldn't find it for my grandson. Well, inside I panicked. Outside I tried to look calm and like no big deal if we can't find the one thing he really likes for falling asleep! Another perk: I have one and I love the sound it makes and how relaxed I personally get listening to it. Please no attempts to dissect this.
One last item worth writing about is this arm, waist wrap around pillow called Boppy. While I know this is to be used for feeding babies and resting their sweet heads or practicing 'Tummy Time' (to be discussed), I find this to be a great tummy hider. You place it around your mid-section while feeding the baby their bottle. It becomes an instant Spanx of sorts. No one can see your belly. Perfect while sitting down!!! Win-Win for everyone! To see what I am talking about, and to order, click here.
There are so many other wonderful new(ish) products I could go on and on about, however, I will list them below with the affiliate links.
Meantime, I really cannot wait to offer Granny Daycare for my grandson, Liam. I hope he knows I am so excited to simply watch and hold him...without any products at all!
Other Must Have Baby Products:
https://amzn.to/2V3LiyJ Windi Gas and Colic Reliever for Babies (10 Count) by Frida Baby
https://amzn.to/3fkFrf3 NoseFrida The Snotsucker, 24 Hygiene Filters+Windi Gas and Colic Reliever for Babies
https://amzn.to/2WETFB3 Dr. Brown’s Infant Gripebelt for Colic Relief, Heated Tummy Wrap, Baby Swaddling Belt for Gas Relief, Natural Relief for Upset Stomach in Babies
https://amzn.to/3zVVKqL Boon Bundle Feeding Set
https://amzn.to/3yl2M7Q Philips Avent Soothie Snuggle Pacifier Holder with Detachable Pacifier
https://amzn.to/2WL8z92 MAM Clear Collection Pacifiers Value Pack (3 Pack)
https://amzn.to/3C5 Babyganics Alcohol-Free Foaming Hand Sanitizer, Pump Bottle
https://amzn.to/3zXL0YT Baby Nail Clippers 20 in 1 by Royal Angels Baby | Safe Electric Baby Nail Trimmer, Baby Nail File Kit
https://amzn.to/3A2xh2P Philips Avent Fast Baby Bottle Warmer with Smart Temperature Control and Automatic Shut-Off
https://amzn.to/3fn66If Graco Pack 'N Play On The Go Playard
https://amzn.to/3lp6LN9 Infant Support Newborn Lounger Pillow
https://amzn.to/3A1Vir8 Swaddle Blanket