Posts Tagged ‘grandparents’

What all caregivers need to know about safe sleep for babies

Friday, September 9th, 2016

Sleep is important for your baby’s health. It is also important to make sure that your baby’s sleeping environment is safe. Safe sleep can help protect your baby from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and other dangers.

While you may know about how to create a safe sleep environment, other people caring for your baby may not. Grandparents, babysitters, and anyone else who may take care of your baby should be made aware of the importance of safe sleep.

Here is a short video that reviews the basics of safe sleep for caregivers, courtesy of the NIH’s Safe to Sleep® campaign:

Have questions? Email us at

Helping grandparents babysit

Friday, September 5th, 2008

Need some serious down time with your spouse?  Wondering what to do with the kids that won’t cost a fortune and have you worried the whole time you’re away?  How about calling Nana and Grandpa?  Some folks love the idea, others not so much.

We live hours away from our children and grandchildren so we don’t have the opportunity to babysit very often.  Last month, however, we were lucky enough to watch two of our four grandkids while their parents went out of town for some grownup time.  We know about raising kids (hey, we’re grandparents!), but there were some particular bits of information we really didn’t know. Here are a few things my daughter-in-law did to help us out – and they helped a lot.

Aside from their daily vitamins and allergy medicine, she packed a small bag of medicines that she approved for her kids should they get a cold, fever or a bee sting.  She included a short list of recent vaccinations, including tetanus, should they step on something sharp and end up in the ER.  And she included the name of their pediatrician and phone number back home, just in case someone needed to check on a record. Also very helpful, she gave us their health insurance info (company name, contact number, policy number).

She gave us the number for the national Poison Control Center (800-222-1222) – information I used to have when our kids were small but hadn’t thought about in quite a while.  We talked about taking the kids to the local pool and she gave me a list of safety rules to read with the kids before we went.  We all promised to review them, but we ended up ditching the pool for the slip ‘n slide in the backyard instead.  We had a blast for a whole week!  How about sharing your suggestions?

By the way, this coming Sunday, September 7th, is Grandparents’ Day.