Whether your grandchildren are coming for a visit, or you plan on visiting them, there are a few things that you as a grandparent would need. The following information is a basic guide to some essential supplies for grandparents when your grandchildren come visiting!
A Junk Drawer or Purse
Kids are nosy (well, curious) and they love to go through things, examine things and take things out of where they belong. You can create a drawer in your home that is just for them. Fill it up with toys and other strange objects like cookie cutters, funny shaped erasers, balloons, costume jewelery, silly putty, bouncy balls, belt buckles, figurines and anything else you can think of. They do not even have to be toys in order to get their attention.
If you are going to visit your grandchildren, toss some of these objects in a bag or purse to take along. These are also great to bring along for doctor’s visits or anywhere else you might need a few quiet moments without having the kids interrupting or especially during a baby’s nap time, as these will keep them occupied and entertained.
Do make sure there are no sharp, breakable or dangerous items and that all items will not pose a risk of choking.
Baby Wipes and Hand Sanitizer
It does not matter if your grandchildren are 6 months old or 16, baby wipes and hand sanitizer are essential supplies for grandparents. Accidents can just happen and the first thing that children often use are their hands. Even in a pinch, baby wipes can be used in public bathrooms if ever the toilet paper does run out. Another handy variety of baby wipes come in flushable presentations and won’t stop up a toilet.
Shows and Snacks
Playing outdoors with children might be ideal, but not always possible, that is why shows and snacks are essential. Kids love watching shows and movies but most are up to date on the new releases. To avoid buying or renting something they have already seen, look for oldies but goodies. Find movies and shows you have enjoyed when you are just a kid, or at least movies that came out before your grandchildren were born.
You can turn ordinary snacks into the extraordinary by making a few smart changes. For example, you can use cookie cutters to cut shapes out of sandwiches or toast or you can add food coloring to milk, eggs or cereal, but be sure to have toothbrushes on hand afterward. For an easy snack you can make together, buy prepackaged cookies or cinnamon rolls that you can just take out and toss in the oven.