Grandchildren are such sweet joys, aren’t they! Whether they are teeny tiny babies, like two of my delightful younger ones.
Or whether they are almost out of their teens and working hard in college.
And everywhere in between.
Over the years, I’ve had tons of baby and kid equipment that I’ve bought to keep at my house. I’ve learned, whether I babysit a lot or just occasionally, that it can really come in handy to have some extra clothes for an unexpected spill, or a Pack N Play port-crib for nap times.
Even when I don’t necessarily need something, it’s still fun to walk through Babies R Us with a friend, as I enjoyed recently. It’s AMAZING what they have for moms and dads nowadays! Things I WISH we’d had when my own kids were little! Then again, there were some decided advantages back in the day, before they discovered that certain things could be dangerous, at least in rare occasions. Nowadays, you can work up some good muscles heaving and toting baby car seats and infant carriers, can’t you?
I had to smile big at the infant carriers I noticed. One was called a MaiTai. THAT was the name of my carrier when my kids were little! Back then, it was a hand-sewn item that was basically a square piece of material with ties and you tied the baby on your front. Seeing the one in the store did bring back fun memories. Upon closer inspection, I realized even IT had undergone some upgrades and I have to say, I definitely approve. It looks like it would be much more comfy!
My kids have had some very nice and very expensive baby carriers over the years. They were ergonomic and better for the backs and healthier for the kids and all the important stuff you need. There was just one problem. My KIDS were experts at getting them on. I tried a few times and had to give up. I just could never get it figured out. I loved this particular Mei Tai carrier – I COULD figure it out! Always nice to have some low-tech tools in the midst of all our high-tech ones!
So if any of you grandparents have a delightful grandbaby who needs a bit of extra cuddling and carrying, you might want to take a walk through a baby store like Babies R Us or along the baby aisles at Walmart. You’ll have fun remembering how it USED to be and I bet you’ll be pleased with many of the updated changes as well.
P.S. Have you seen these adorable balls – they are labeled for infants and up. They’re very lightweight and skinny so I would think a teeny grandbaby might be able to hold on to it. How about you?