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On the day my mom became a grandma, she owned absolutely zero baby gear. But over the course of the past eight years, she has become a grandma nine times over. And on my husband’s side of the family, there are 19 grandchildren, most of whom are young enough to still be wearing diapers.
Both grandma’s houses are well stocked when it comes to baby gear. Because whether you’re just popping in to say “hi”, or visiting for the weekend, knowing grandma has the baby essentials ready and waiting is just so nice.
For the most part, the gear that my mom and mother-in-law have is basic and inexpensive, but not necessarily the stuff I would want to use everyday. Because grandma’s gear isn’t going to be used on a daily basis, it doesn’t have to be top of the line.
And in addition to the list, I’ve also found it extremely helpful for grandma to stock other perishable stuff like a few diapers, wipes, maybe a baby thermometer and a bottle of infant pain reliever. You know, the basics.
When your kids go to grandma’s, does she have all the gear you need?
Pack N’ Play
A simple, inexpensive no-frills pack n’ play is all you need when it comes to napping at grandma’s. Takes up less room than a crib, and can easily be packed up and stored away when not in use.
Available now at Amazon, $61.99
Keep a few bibs stashed away in a kitchen drawer. Have them ready and waiting, because trust me, they will get their fair share of use.
Available now at Amazon, $16.94 for 3-pack
No need to invest in a large, cumbersome high chair. This portable booster seat will totally do the trick, and is easily stored away in a closet when not in use.
Available now at Amazon, $29.99
With the help of a soft contoured changing pad, any surface can quickly become a fully functioning changing table.
Available now at Amazon, $19.88
While it won’t be as good as the one back home, knowing grandma has a simple inexpensive stroller to use when you visit will save tons of room in the car, and will be one less thing to remember to pack.
Available now at Amazon, $79.99
I’ve never enjoyed having to lug a potty seat around and have always been so thankful grandma stores one under her bathroom sink.
Available now at Amazon, $9.99
Just one plate, spoon, and fork is all you need. Having a few necessities like these make meal time so much more manageable.
Available now at Amazon, $18.18
Eat, sleep or play, this seat is 100% worth it’s while.
Available now at Amazon, $81.42
Grandma’s sofa will than her later for these no-spill toddler cups!
Available now at Amazon, $6.44 for 2 cups
You don’t need a whole play rooms worth, but a few fun toys go a long way when it comes to playing at grandma’s house.
Available now at Amazon, $14.39