Grandparents always love to “show off” their adorable, sweet, perfect newborn grandbabies, but it’s important to practice caution in doing so as there are harmful germs that can cause your grandbaby to become ill. With seven kids of my own ranging in age from 7 months to 27 years old, I’ve learned a trick or two about how to help grandparents feel confident showing off their new grandchild while practicing safety and caution in the presence of germs and public spaces.
Sanitize: I never leave the house without some hand sanitizer and wet wipes. These two items come in handy more often than you think. And when there’s a new baby around we encourage all of our guests or baby handlers to thoroughly wash their hands (or use sanitizer if on-the-go) prior to touching the new baby. When the grandparents are out and about with baby ask them to keep a bottle of hand sanitizer nearby. Then when a friend or passerby wants to get close to the baby they can quickly and easily sanitize their hands before they touch the baby.
Stay In: One of the best things I’ve discovered is the importance of controlling the environment around a newborn baby. Instead of taking baby out and about – why not encourage the new grandparent to stay in and have people come to their home instead? That way they won’t have strangers trying to touch their grand baby and their friends won’t likely be offended when they’re asked to wash their hands before holding the baby. Staying in is always a great idea as it allows for more personal time and bonding while still giving grandma the opportunity to show off her new grandbaby.
Sign the Stroller: Make or purchase a sign to pin on your stroller beginning the day you leave the hospital if you want to. The sign could say, “Please Wash” implying you’d like people to wash their hands before handling the baby. The sign might feel a bit intrusive right off the bat; however, you’ll get used to it and come to love it. People passing by will be less likely to try to touch your baby and it’ll be a reminder to you, too – to wash your hands as often as possible in order to lessen the chances of your baby becoming ill. With a sign on your stroller, the proud new grandparent will be ready to go, and you’ll be confident your baby will be safe and germ-free.
Cover Baby Up: When you, or a grandparent, are out in a public space such as a super market or a mall with a newborn cover the baby up by placing a blanket or car seat canopy over their stroller seat. They make convenient covers now that let you easily check-in with baby (to ensure they’re safe and well) while keeping them under wraps. If there’s a cover over your stroller people will be less likely to try to get a look at the baby since they’ll think he’s sleeping. The grandparents can do their shopping alongside baby without being bombarded by baby-crazy strangers.
When you have a newborn around you have to remember to create a germ-free healthy space for the child to thrive in. Have a discussion with the new grandparents early-on to remind them the hazards that come with germs, the importance of requiring all baby-handlers to wash their hands and that not everyone needs to be touching the new baby.
I hope these simple tips will help the proud new grandparents in your life show off their new grandchild while keeping him safe and healthy, too.