Create Family Keepsakes with Baby and Grandma

By: Gail Metcalf

When we brought our new baby home, our world was perfect. He was healthy and we couldn't stop looking at him. Everything was going great - the diaper changing, the breast feeding, the change into his sleeping gown. He was an angel when I laid him down in his bassinet, he seemed so peaceful. And then the crying started and he never seemed to quiet down until we picked him up. This went on for days as it appeared he had his days and nights mixed up. I was tired enough from the labor and delivery; I was beginning to unravel with this extra stress and the sleepless nights.

Then I had an excellent idea - why not have my mother come over and help. After all, she had four children and sailed through all the ups and downs. Surely I'd get excellent help and some rest.

When your baby meets his Grandmother for the first time, you and Grandma will most probably be in tears. She’ll remember what it was like when she brought you home from the hospital. Grandma will fall in love with her new grandchild from the start. Let your mother have her time with the new baby. She will show you the best way to feed, burp, change, and care for your baby. Listen to the advice she gives because it is given out of love. I appreciated everything my mother did to help us adjust to our new baby.

Ask your mother how she coped with her first child. This is one of the best times to bond in a new way with your mother and discover what it was like having a baby in her day. Things are always new and different with the current generation, but some of the best information on caring for your baby comes from mothers and Grandmothers that have learned and applied the techniques passed down to them. Enjoy your time with your new baby and the new grandparents.

Picture Ideas:

Capture each moment with grandma. The most precious photo will be baby asleep on grandma’s chest while she herself snoozes on the couch. Having grandma to share these first moments is priceless.

Do the same for your mother-in-law when she comes to visit the little one. Catch her brushing baby’s hair and washing baby’s tender face.

Also, be sure to get three-generation pictures. One of you, your mom, and baby. One of dad, his mom and baby. Of course you can't forget the grandpas to complete the keepsake in pictures!

Baby Scrapbooking Ideas:

First of all, each Grandmother should have her own personalized scrapbook page. The pages could be entitled “Grandma and Me”. Find a scrapbook paper that inspires you with thoughts of the Grandmother. It could be an image that symbolizes what the Grandma is, what she does or things she likes. Sometimes stickers can be found more easily that will be your special page design. Ask Grandma questions and journal the answers in the book.

Grandmothers watch over their grandchildren like guardian angels. Use construction paper in each grandmother’s favorite color to frame the pictures you choose for the page. Add Grandma’s name to each page and the dates of her initial visit.

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