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For Grandparents

For grandparents, the arrival of a new grandchild is a time of excitement and delight. Usually, grandparents have all the pleasure of admiring the new baby but none of the responsibility!

However grandparents today are often called upon to take over the role of baby minding. It may be just on the odd occasion, but many grandparents are baby minders for a day or more a week, while the young parent is at work.

Advice from experienced grandparents to a new grandmother or grandfather is to remember that the essentials of child care have not changed that much: young children still need food and liquid, warmth, comfort and cleanliness, and loving attention. You may have to reacquaint yourself with some day-to-day mechanics of dealing with small children but have confidence in your own parenting ability - after all, you have done it all before and if the new parents entrust you to step into the responsible role of minding a young baby, they must trust your judgement.

If you find yourself regularly taking care of a baby or toddler, or older grandchildren, there are a few things to bear in mind:

For more nutrition information refer to the Nutricia Guide to Picky Eaters. Or look for the Ministry of Health booklet, Eating For Healthy Babies and Toddlers, from birth to two years old.