Let’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.”