Is your toddler-aged grandchild coming for a visit? Follow these tips to make the weekend both fun and comfortable for your little houseguest.
Is your grandchild in a crib, a toddler bed, or a bed? Pack and Plays are a great travel crib that your grandchild may already have. If he/she is just getting use to a big bed, then put a mattress on the floor. If your little one falls out of bed, he/she will not have far to fall. Use extra pillows or blankets on the floor as a cushion just in case. Be sure to have a nightlight to keep the monsters away.
A booster seat or a pint-sized table and chair will make your little one comfortable at mealtime. Stock up on toddler friendly snacks like Cheerios, graham crackers, goldfish, Teddy Grahams, raisins, and yogurt. Be sure to check with Mom and Dad on what your grandchild like to eat.
If your grandchild is potty training, a step stool will be a great addition to the bathroom. It will make hand washing and reaching the toilet much easier. Mom and Dad might have a potty chair that you can borrow for the weekend, too.
Scour your house for fun things to play with. Pans, wooden spoons, plastic containers, junk mail, old magazines, and stuffed animals are items you may already have. Your grandchild has a vivid imagination and will enjoy playing with your non-traditional toys.
Squirt a little shampoo under running water as you are drawing the bath to make bubbles. A couple of plastic cups and a sponge or two will make for fun bath time toys. Pick up a travel-sized container of a children’s tear-free shampoo to make bathing easier on everyone.
All of these tips will help to make your weekend with your grandchild even more enjoyable. Have fun making memories with your favorite toddler!