Swinging a Toddler by the Arms is a Definite No-No

Swinging a Toddler by the Arms is a Definite No-No

I just recently learned that swinging a toddler by their arms can really be dangerous.  Walking down the street with Mommy and Daddy and being lifted up and swung is one of my grandson’s favorite activities. For kids between one and four, this can result in...
On Being a Really Helpful Grandmom

On Being a Really Helpful Grandmom

When my kids were little my parents and in laws visited often and each had their own vision of what constituted helpful grandparents.  I had three kids under 4 and I really looked forward to their help when they came over. My mother in law would bring giant toys that...
Meet Jake – a Knitted Waldorf Doll

Meet Jake – a Knitted Waldorf Doll

As a fairly new grandmother I didn’t know anything about knitted or any other kind of Waldorf Dolls.  I kept coming across the reference of Waldorf Dolls and finally looked it up in Wikipedia. Their definition was; ” A Waldorf doll (also called Steiner...
DIY Play Kitchen in Two Stages

DIY Play Kitchen in Two Stages

I knew I eventually wanted to get my grandson a play kitchen but after I went with him to a play group and watched him spend a good half hour putting things in and taking things out of a play kitchen, I decided he was ready for it sooner than I thought. I knew I...
Great Musical Instruments for Little Hands

Great Musical Instruments for Little Hands

Musical instruments are a wonderful thing to introduce to kids at any age. There are some really great ones for babies and toddlers that give kids a great start to a lifelong love of music. Here are some listings for good and unusual offerings. I like these because...
Going to Grandmom’s for Thanksgiving

Going to Grandmom’s for Thanksgiving

I am so excited to have my family coming to our house for Thanksgiving this year.  It is my first year as a grandmother and I am really thankful. I am trying to get everything done ahead of time so I can spend the weekend enjoying everyone rather than cooking. Our...
Why Wooden Toys for Babies?

Why Wooden Toys for Babies?

When my grandson was first born, he got a lot of plastic toys as gifts.  They were bright and colorful, made noises and blinked lights.  I thought they were terrific until the sound of one more electronic voice chirping in my ear started to drive me crazy when I...
Old Books, New Books

Old Books, New Books

Even though he is only 9 months old, my grandson loves books and has since he was an infant.  He still tries to eat them first but he will sit and listen as you read him a story. He has definite favorites and some are better for quiet times before bed, while others...
How to Winterize your Grandchild

How to Winterize your Grandchild

Winter is fast approaching and I’m starting to feel the cold. I know how to bundle up and winterize myself when it starts getting chilly but my grandson certainly doesn’t. He also hates getting dressed now so I can’t imagine what will happen when...
Safe and Warm in a Car Seat

Safe and Warm in a Car Seat

Here is an area that is new to me as a grandmom. Keeping a baby warm in a car seat can be a problem.  Bulky coats and buntings are not safe because they make the safety straps too loose. Winter Coats and Car Seats Jen Ellis, a mother and certified Child Passenger...