Visiting the Grandparents

Visiting the Grandparents

Julia Cho
Apr 19, 2010

Even though visiting the grandparents seems like it would give you a break, sometimes it's the opposite. We frequently hear from friends that they return even more exhausted due to a lack of baby proofing at their parents or in laws.

We're talking about baby proofing this week, and even if you can't rearrange your in law's entire house, there are a few basic things you can do to make it baby or toddler-friendly.

Pick up some outlet covers, foam corners for sharp edges of coffee tables, etc., cabinet locks, and a safety gate if you have stairs. We can personally attest to the importance of this last one having seen our nephew go tumbling down our in laws' stairs at 15 months.

We like this idea of preparing a gift basket full of all of the basic baby proofing items they might need along with other things they might need for a visit (bibs, spoons, diapers, wipes, etc.) It takes away the stress of figuring out what they need to do and where to purchase it. Remember, it's been a while since they had a baby in the house!

Don't forget to bring a few safe toys or buy a few for their house. If baby is occupied playing with special toys, he'll be less likely to get into other things he's not supposed to.

It may seem like you're doing a lot, but once it's done, your visits will be much less stressful.

Readers- any tips of your own?

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