Preview the new Recipes for Growing Me ~9 months edition!
February 22, 2021
Caption: Allowing your child to get comfortable with a grandparent during normal visits will help everyone feel confident when leaving the baby in their care for short or extended periods of time.
Introducing a Grandparent as a Special Caregiver
Most people with children would agree that enjoying a break from time to time can help your well-being, but for some first-time parents, it can also be a source of anxiety and stress. Leaving your little one with the person that raised you or your partner doesn’t necessarily mean they will instinctively know your preferences and your baby’s routine. Raising babies has been ongoing for centuries, and that is reassuring; but, let’s not forget we’ve learned so much along the way. For example, we no longer lay babies down on their stomachs to sleep, exclusive breastfeeding can happen for extended periods of time, and complementary feeding starts at a later age (around six months). Grandparents bring their own unique set of characteristics to the equation—some might be overly eager to help—others, not so much. Some might come across as pushy, while others can’t wait to have the special moments of cuddling and bonding with their grandchild. No matter the situation, it is essential to establish clear communication and expectations from the start and appreciate that they have agreed or offered to help while also understanding there may be limitations.
Caption: Keeping communication ongoing, and reinforcing visits both to and from a grandparent’s home will help your child establish a relationship.
Hello Grandma and Grandpa!
Here are some helpful considerations when leaving your child with his or her with grandparents:
Caption: Feeling safe with a grandparent reinforces a baby’s sense of security and sets a foundation for sharing a special bond as they continue to grow.
Tidbit for your Tiny One
The importance of children having a relationship with their grandparents is well-documented, as children learn that they have an additional security layer within their family unit (provided the grandparents offer that role). It is also true that early bonding leads to a longer-lasting connection between grandparents and grandchildren.
Here are a few takeaways to keep in mind:
The following recipe poem is an excerpt from our book, Recipes For Growing Me ~ 9 months edition. We feel it is suitable to address the special relationship between grandparents and grandchildren.
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Have a bloomin’ day!Sarah & Karen
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December 28, 2020
Hello—I’m Karen, the other face, and designer/illustrator of Watch Me Bloom! Join me this month as I share my experience and creative process in designing our book series—Recipes for Growing Me—and what it's like to develop a product collection. From the character development, to matching onesies, creating a ready to go baby shower gift, lunchbox cards to affirm young children, or a variety of digital wall art/prints, we've got a gift for every baby shower and new parent.
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There’s no doubt, being a first-time parent can be stressful. With so many new things to consider; knowing if your baby is eating enough is just one of the many concerns you might have. You’ll often hear experts (including parents!) say that newborns will typically have feedings every 2-3 hours. But, how much per feeding? And how does this change as they get older? In this month’s blog, our goal is to simplify the guidelines on how much to feed your baby, starting from birth to 12-months-old.
They grow up so fast!
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