What Grandparents Should Keep on Hand for Babies

No need to take it with you.


I live far from my parents and in-laws so visits involve cross-country travel with the whole family in tow. I am so grateful to them that they keep some of the basics on hand so I don’t need to shlep anymore. Here are a few of my favorite things to discover at Grammy’s house.

Portable crib. While there is likely not space to dedicate an entire nursery to my little one, a portable crib can be easily stowed when not in use. I like to bring my own sheets and loveys from home to make the crib more familiar.

Portable high chair. A full highchair would be fine, too, but it is so bulky. I lean toward those that can either clip onto a table, pack flat, or are compact enough for a high shelf. Though a little awkward for feeding, most bouncers can do double duty during a short visit.

Diaper changing pad. A foam mat with protective cover, like this Peanut, can be used easily on the floor or a low dresser.

Linens and things. I appreciate that my mother-in-law keeps a couple baby towels and washcloths in the linen closet for our visits. I would rather use adult-sized towels than pack my own.

What I don’t need:

Of course it is a matter of personal preference, but I like to bring my own stroller and baby carrier when I travel so those pieces of gear are extra. I did like when my mom had an infant tub for my first child, but by the time I had a third baby, I was happy to bring him in the shower or *gasp* not bathe him at all!

And speaking of personal preference, I realize that all babies are so different making the must-have list vary. When my youngest was three-months old, I begged my sister-in-law to track down a baby swing because my bambino needed it for naps.