Grandparents to be
  1. Your experience and wisdom will be welcomed by the parents to be. But try to be gentle. Remember, times change.
  2. If there is already a kid in the family, you have a very important role to play. That child may show signs of irritation, anxiety, attention deficit etc. Spend time with him/her; explain how he is soon going to get his very own friend for life. Plan a special activity with the child. Observe for signs of change. Win his trust over.
  3. Childproof your home. Cover low open plug points, sharp edges, fix railings on staircases, install anti skid flooring in bathrooms. Tour the home from the child's point of view.
  4. Unlearn being house proud. Babies don’t like it at all!
  5. Pace yourself when you baby-sit your grandchild. Get plenty of rest the day before the visit.
  6. Cook special things for the mom to be. She sure will appreciate this and it will help ease stress and tension and help the new parents relax.
  7. Be the mediator. Often the stress of a baby gets to parents and they make take it out on the older children or the routine of the baby itself. Help out in this regard and take the children away for a while, for a day out or just for some fun activities to give the parents a breather.