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Stanford's baby-care refresher 101 teaches expectant grandparents modern techniques

Original post made on Jan 3, 2020

A Stanford Health Care seminar is part of a growing trend to help new grandparents become better informed about the basics of infant care and make the most of their unique role in the family.

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Posted by Mom of Millenials
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jan 3, 2020 at 8:45 am

I used my mom and mom in law's advice. They have actually gone through it with me. I also used my own common sense. No baby monitors for them or for me, no bottles for them or for me, no pacifiers for them or for me. No cows milk until at least 12 months for them or for me. Breastfeeding for at least 12 months, for them and for me. No introduction of solid food before 4 months and then very slowly, for them and for me. Mothers stayed with baby 99% of the time for them and for me. Best advice is the old and trusted methods with just a few exceptions.

In days of yore all first time parents got their instruction from the older generation.

Yes trends change, advice may be different, but instincts should be followed.

Posted by Sarah
a resident of Community Center
on Jan 3, 2020 at 12:30 pm

I think this is wonderful! I had so much tension with my MIL bc she wanted me to have my newborn sleep on his stomach, and it would have been nice to have a third party educate her on current research!

Posted by What a terrific idea!
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jan 3, 2020 at 12:31 pm

What a terrific idea! is a registered user.

I think this is terrific. My kids are grown now, but my parents were in their seventies when my babies were born. They didn't remember how to swaddle or bathe a baby. Infants seem so fragile, they were nervous. It is not like riding a bicycle if you haven't done it in a long while. They wanted to be hands-on, and I wanted their visits to be special. They would have loved a class like this.

Someday, when (God willing) I become a grandma, I would like a class like this. Bring generations together. While generations can teach each other, this doesn't work for every family.

My mom didn't particularly enjoy infant care, but she was a mom in the 1950s when she didn't really have much choice. My dad (who, it turns out, LOVES taking care of babies) never learned because, "That was woman's work." He learned from us, and had lots of fun taking care of our infants when he visited. Dad would have enjoyed this class.

Posted by Elisabeth
a resident of Mountain View
on Jan 3, 2020 at 5:58 pm

More than 60 years ago, when I was expecting my first child, my mother, who only had me, twenty years earlier, took such a class that I think was offered by the Red Cross. In those days, it was recommended that babies be laid down on their stomachs so they wouldn't choke on anything they might spit up. We also ended up using crib bumpers because the baby got stuck between the bars. Cribs are constructed better nowadays! My mom was wonderful with us and waited until our baby was a month old before she visited us so we could get a bit adjusted to this new event in our lives.

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