Calling all Grandparents...and parents

Help me!  My grandson is due in 3 weeks, and I have been doing the gadfly clean up of my upstairs to make sure this home is a baby attractant.  I pulled all my relics of motherhood from the attic, and discovered that they had not aged well.  My plans to have my drop sided crib fortified withered when I saw that the paint had blistered.  Storing video consoles on the changing table proved to be more than the fiberboard could handle.  My saddest discovery was that the pine ceiling in the attic had "wept" sap from the knotholes upon my Peg Perego buggy and stroller.  The stroller is history, but I am clinging to the buggy.  It is where my boys slept when I brought them home.  I got the sap off with a WD-40 poultice, and the next step will involve a power wash.  The end game may still be ditching it, but I will not do it without a fight.

This is Baby Pat's new home nursery, painted by big Pat.

I was planning to be a "Pack and Play" Nanna- but I have a bedroom with plenty of room for a full sized crib, and so I have wasted hours of time on the internet trying to find a crib for the child currently referred to as Baby Pat.  I do not want to break the bank, but if my sister is any basis for comparison, once babies start happening, you will be glad for a place to keep them safe from siblings, cousins and dogs.  Are there any suggestions for what I need to look for?  

My beautiful daughter in law, Rachel, at her baby shower- hosted by my sister Judy (left) with her daughter, Emma. Maybe I will take her stuff....j/k
I know- fixed sides, tight fitting mattress, no toxins, bumper pads- iffy. ( I will take the bumper controversy with a grain of salt...and do what the kids want there. All my boys were tummy sleepers with bumper ads, and they are here to terrorize me in my old age)  I know babies sleep on their backs now, tightly wrapped.  I am mostly seeking information about what stuff I really need to have to make visiting easy for the kids. 
Dipers, wipers...check.
Do I need a monitor?
My own baby clothes for emergencies? 
I just want to be ready, and not a pain in the butt.  
This is my baby stuff, awaiting 1-800 Got Junk.  Sob. It was part of a nesting/purging  that I am sure Grandparents need not have.

Also- thought Patrick insists he was kidding- do we need to have our vaccines updated for pertussis/whooping cough? I always have a flu shot, will get a pneumonia shot- and had the shingles vaccine last year.  NOTE:  I am not doing day care, and would tell the kids to stay home if I was sick.  Just wondering how serious he really was...
It is a very exciting time.  I have more questions, and will ask them incrementally so as not to overwhelm myself.  3 weeks.  I cannot wait!


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  • Janet, I am a new gramma. My grandson was born on May 17th. Cherish the fact that you have the room, I don't so I am a "pack n play" gram. I have a bouncy seat here. That is a must. I also have a fold and go swing. I am so glad that I have it. I have wipes and diapers...the only thing I wish I had was a monitor. I don't have clothes here but not a bad idea for accidents. I will be taking care of the baby in July.
    I have to say this is the best thing in the world. Such a blessing. Good luck and can't wait to see the newest Dahl family memeber.
    PS...bring home a blanket and t shirt from the hospital for the dogs to smell and sleep with. This dog barks when I am holding the baby but is getting better.

  • In reply to vncmom1:

    What a great idea about the dogs- because that is one reason I am pushing for a crib- to keep them away. I am pretty excited to get myself set up, and hope that everything I get will be used by MANY babies from all my kids! I am going on a shopping spree at Target for the G-ma essentials.

  • I thought I had a lingering cold. Blood work indicated pertussis antibodies. I had whooping cough at 62??!! From where or whom I have no clue. MD told me there is now pertussis vaccine? in a tetanus booster. So check with your doc, it may be the thing to do. You don't want anything to keep you from that precious grandbaby!

  • In reply to emenjay:

    I am doing it. Better safe than sorry.

  • Janet, it sounds as if you are well on your way toward being a wonderful grandmother. My first grandson Aiden is one year old. hey grow so fast. As far as what you may want to add to your stockpile of baby supplies, here's my advice: Onesies, a couple of pair of jammies, light weight blankets, baby socks and a couple of hats. Baby wash and lotion. Definitely a monitor since you have a multi-level home. Pacifiers if they're using them, and ask about what type of bottle mom is going to supplement with if she's nursing. Digital thermometer, diaper cream, etc. The top item, LOVE you already possess.

  • Janet, from a new grandma- this generation is all about the "gadgets". video monitor, video everything. A week ago I was told that the baby cant watch tv- it may bring on ADD or ADHD- you cant laugh bc they are serious- if your daughter in law and Pat are like my 2, they are highly educated and read the book on it all, have even been told there is an app on the IPHONE to tel u why they are crying--- I am NOT even kidding on this one. whatever you buy, use or even think of, run it by them before you get and/or use it. Being it is an in law and not your daughter,the territory you tread might be a bit tricky- so be careful. I honestly think they cant realize how we raised them without all of this knowledge, power and gadgets.... yet like yuou said, we are here to haunt them in old age, so we did something right., It will be trial and error every step of the way for a while, so good luck-----

  • In reply to lyndag:

    that video monitor DRIVES me CRAZY!! how do any of these "techo" parents get ANY sleep staring at the baby ALL night?

  • In reply to patswife:

    Of course, I am notorious for being able to sleep through anything.

  • In reply to lyndag:

    I am not a mom so cannot give any advice but the below:

    GET A WHOOPING COUGH VACCINE - for your own protection. It has re-emerged and two mom friends have gotten it.

    Cannot wait for the impending birth. Instead of Fetus Updates you can provide us with "GrandSon Updates".


  • In reply to Shasta:

    I am calling the doc today.

  • In reply to Shasta:

    Since I read this I keep wondering why I have a drop side crib, 2 dressers that match it and rocking chair in my crawlspace. Our oldest is 25 youngest 20: so 18 years of wasted storage space since the crib is certainly obsolete. SAD :(

  • In reply to Shasta:

    Janet, definitely get the Pertussis vaccine! I'm a new mom. My daughter (thankfully) hasn't had whooping cough, but my neighbor's baby has and it isn't pretty. Most doctors say that it's a good idea for anyone who plans on spending alot of time with the baby to do it.

    We spend alot of time at my mom's house. She has a pack and go and regrets not buying a crib. She also has a high chair. You won't need it for a bit, but it's a good idea. Another good idea is a Jumperoo or an excersaucer. Again, you don't need them right away, but entertaining an infant is invaluable! Some clothes are definitely a good idea, as are extra washcloths or cloth diapers (for spit-ups), blankets, pacifiers and baby wash (in case he needs a emergency bath!). Hope this helps!

  • In reply to Shasta:

    I have 2 young boys and my mom lives nearby - so it was always nice to know I could go there and not have to feel like I was traveling for a weekend.
    She kept a couple sets of clothes (winter and summer including a couple hats and sunglasses), special warm blankets just for her house, sippy cups, kids plates & silverware, exersaucer (better then a swing if you ask me and can be used longer), and a booster seat that straps to a regular chair (better then a high chair and can be used many years), baby wash, lotion and extra diapers. Wipes you can make do with paper towels or was clothes & water.
    She keeps all of this is a spare room in 2 of the dresser drawers. My older (now 5) knows where his stuff his and can get it himself even.
    Enjoy being a Grandmother!

  • Janet,
    I don't have any grandchildren of my own yet, but I do provide daycare for my girlfriend's grandson. I suggest you get a few essentials for when baby Pat visit's or has sleepovers at Gma&Gpa Dahl's: bottles, washcloths, bibs, burp towels, travel formula packets (if they're using formula), desitin, a few receiving blankets. Just makes for easier travel for (new) Mom & Dad!
    As time goes on I REALLY love Once Upon a Child stores, I have gotten a travel swing, bumbo seat & jumper there. They have good prices, but it's hit or miss chances are you'll have to go more then once to find what you want. I also resold the item's when BabyA outgrew them. YES YES YES!! have an outfit or two at your house for emergencies-remember how many outfits a day baby "can" go threw!
    You know as any well as any Mom/Grandma you won't "need" toys for a bit, but "keep" your toys yours. Then they are special and ONLY at Gma's house, learned that one from my own Mom.
    Good LUCK to your DIL for a safe delivery.
    Hope this helped.

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