Warning: Grandma Back Off the Rules Have Changed for Grand Kids!

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grannyandbabies2Let’s get with the program Grandma.  Times have changed since you raised your kids.  There are a whole set of new rules now days and it is called, ‘Modern Day Parenting’.  I am not sure whether this is good, bad or indifferent, but the Doctor says, so you better start listening.

I know mothers back in the day didn’t even call the doctor unless the fever was over 104 degree.  Times have changed and if you want to get along with the new mommy you have to listen to her and follow her rules.

Here are the 10 rules to follow if you want to watch your grand kid.

1. Babies do not sleep on their tummies.

You were told you had to rotate from sleeping on their back, side or tummy, so there head would not be flat on one side.  Stop worrying about this they have hair (or will someday), so if the head is flat the hair will cover it up.

There is a mat that you might think about investing in for your house called “A Tummy Mat”.   This is used when you have tummy time for your grandchild. (If you did not know they have done research that tummy sleeping may be a cause of Sids (sudden infant death syndrome).

2. You have to know how to defrost that breast milk.

No worries it is real easy.  Get a bowl and fill it with hot water.  Put the little pouch with the milk into the bowl, keeping the hot water running on it and before you know it you are good to go.  Just like mommy only in the bottle.

3. Don’t go buy any baby powder.

Baby powder is not to be used on the little one. He/she smells good enough without it.  The doctors say this can affect the lungs.  (I can’t remember powdering anything but that little bottom), but hey what do I know.  So go with the change.  Anyway they have the real stuff now, ‘BUTT CREAM’.  Isn’t that a real kick, butt cream for the butt.

4. You don’t have to go out and buy those little baby spoons just yet.

When it comes to feeding them food, this doesn’t happen until about six months.  Maybe a little cereal in the night time bottle if bottle feed, so they sleep longer.

5. You really don’t need the little receiving blanket.

No more swaddling.  They have to get use to the world sometime, so let go and let them kick freely.

6. Little tee shirts.

No they have the little onesies (Microsoft office tells me there isn’t such a word, but hey there is) and these little shirts are really nice.  They have snaps at the bottom, so no more tee shirts riding up.  Have to love these things.  Before you get to excited remember even when that kid is a toddler, say age 3 they do not wear tee shirts.

7. You may want to get some poop medicine to have around.

Yes, you heard me right. Don’t worry, so much about the food they may be eating, just put a little of this in there bottle and they are good to go.

8. Nose sucker.

Some people may have used these long ago.  (I did but it was to give them an enema instead of poop medicine if things got really bad in that department).  Now that little blue sucker upper is for cleaning out the nose.  Learn how to suck those little burgers out of the nose.

9. The gas drops.

When those little ones get that dreaded gas they have drops for them.  You don’t have to worry about rubbing the tummy and trying all that other stuff, just give them a few gas drops and they are good to let it flow. (Hope mom didn’t eat something that is going to smell to bad.

10. Potty Training. 

These little ones now days just aren’t as smart as ours were, or we damaged out kids at an early age potty training them.  For some reason and I am not sure what it is, but don’t worry about them using the potty until about age 3 to 4.  It is just too much to expect out of those little toddlers.

To you mothers of modern day parenting out there, I am not saying you are wrong in these rule changes, I just think that the new grandma’s need to know what is going on.

Many do not know until that first grandchild comes along and then they find themselves bringing baby powder to the baby shower and it can be very embarrassing. And a total waste of money that could have gone toward a cute little outfit for the little one,

For the younger generation is there anything that I missed you would like to add to today’s modern day parenting, so we have the full story when it comes to those cute little grandbabies?

And by the way grandma, many of the questions that you ask your mother, your daughters are not going to call you up on the phone and ask you.  The reason being, WE HAVE THE INTERNET IN TODAYS WORLD.  The question will be Googled.

P.S.  Grandma, when those babies learn to talk remember to teach them, “What goes on at grandma’s stays at grandmas house.”

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  1. Hi Debbie,

    Congratulations on your new blog – wonderful to be here 🙂

    I liked the topic of discussion and absolutely agree that Grandma’s always know best. I’ve picked up so many things from my Mom and Grandma. specially those tips and tricks that only come with experience, most of which you covered here.

    Thanks for sharing this with us. Have a nice weekend, and Happy Mothers Day everyone 🙂
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  2. Website looks great Debbie, and a good article reminding us old timers that times have changed!

    Your rules should help decrease arguments with sons and daughters in law! Thanks, and I never did like baby powder…

  3. Hi Debbie,

    You make me realize how time flies and how much things has changed over this few decades.

    Indeed, we need to go with the flow. The world is changing and so do we.

  4. Debbie

    I think the new mums (moms) could learn a lot from the Grandma’s (and their Grandad’s).

    I know when we have grandchildren, our daughter will be straight round asking what to do!

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  5. Love your website, and your blog.
    Things have certainly changed since I had my kids, thank goodness! I have to say I have let my daughter bring up her’s the way she wants to, without interfering. I just didnt want to take the joy out of it – but also there is she needs me.

  6. Jo Warwick says:

    Hey Debbie,
    Massive congratulations on the birth of the you new baby great first post – keep up the good work…:-)
    Jo x

  7. Well, Debbie –

    I have to admit that I did everything wrong with my four boys.

    Especially the baby power and sleeping on their backs.

    I don’t know how some of these kids survived us.

    The only thing I think I did do right was never let me kids cry. That was the advice in the old days. Not any more. Probably now wisdom. I just couldn’t stand the noise.

    This is a great new blog.
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    • Hey, Corinne don’t feel bad, there are a lot of things I did wrong with my girls too. But hey they are doing good now, so guess I did a few things right.

      Yes, i think of the rules now like the baby power and sleeping on the tummys and wonder how they lived through it. I do have to laugh about some of the rules, then i just shake my head and go with it.

      Thanks for sharing and glad you like the new blog.
      Hugs, to you
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  8. Thanks for the laugh – as a NICU nurse and an about to be grandmom I laugh at the new rules as I often wonder how we or our children ever survived. My daughter was just informing her brothers that under no circumstance is the baby to be with them when they have the TV or video games on – EVER. I have been secretly watching Sesame Street to catch up on the news in the neighborhood…

    • You are welcome Collen. I like that, watching Sesame Street to prepare of the baby. However with my grandkids it is Mickey Mouse they like to watch. i do have to say, they can learn a lot from good old Mickey. Try the Disney channels, it is amazing what they have on them.

      Good luck and don’t forget when that baby gets old enough to teach her/him what goes on at grandma’s stays at grandma’s. LOL

      Thank you for stopping by and wishing you the best with the new baby.
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  9. Debbie, a great read for Mothers Day – last weekend here in Switzerland. Had a good laugh. Many mums (and dads) out there who think the goal of baby growing up is to be like them – the message, implied by your post – that the times are a-changing is always timely. Re mums, this one cracked me up: “Mum, what is it like to have the best daughter in the world?” “Dear, I don’t know, you’ll have to ask your grandmother.”

    • Thanks Beat for sharing this, “Mum, what is it like to have the best daughter in the world?” “Dear, I don’t know, you’ll have to ask your grandmother.” Love it!! i am going to have to remember this when it comes to my 3 daughter, if they every ask me.

      Yes, times have and are changing. There are new rules all the time. I find they are very interesting.
      Thanks again for sharing.
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