Next Avenue: Grandparents: Forget everything you ever knew about taking care of babies

by | Nov 8, 2022 | Stock Market

This article is reprinted by permission from Terri Taylor jokes that caring for babies isn’t like riding a bicycle. When she became a grandmother three years ago, she was surprised to learn that much of what she thought she knew about babies had changed.

Guidelines for sleep safety and feeding were revised. New baby care gadgets and gear hit the market. And her adult children — like every previous generation of new parents — have their own ideas about parenting. So much has changed, in fact, that some hospitals offer classes to help get new grandparents up to speed. If this is your first grandchild, expect a big learning curve, according to Melissa Lopez, an RN and childbirth educator who also teaches grandparenting classes at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. “Grandparents are really involved in their grandchildren’s lives these days, and new parents appreciate these classes, because they feel a little strange about correcting their own parents,” she said. Taylor’s adult children did correct her a few times, and she bristled at first. But knowing now how things have changed, she’s adapted. “Ultimately, you have to respect that your children are the parents now, and they might have some information you didn’t,” said Taylor, 71, who lives in Dallas. Plus: 6 lessons I learned from growing up with my grandparentsThe new rules of sleep If you’re about to become …

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