This post is sponsored by The Baby Cubby. As always, all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.
During the holiday season, you will probably find yourself traveling at some point. I don’t know about you, but ever since having my son, we suddenly have a TON of things to pack anytime we leave the house. My husband and I joke that it probably looks like we are moving out every time we leave because of everything we take with us. I don’t know how they do it, but somehow those tiny humans need so many things, haha.
We are lucky enough to live not too far away from both my parents and my husband’s parents, but we still had to bring a ton of things whenever we would go to visit them. Every time we would go over to their house and they would see everything we were bringing with us, they would comment that they really needed to just buy a few of those things to keep at their house so we wouldn’t have to pack all of it.
So, today I have a list of grandparent must haves for you. My son will be 2 in only a few months (WHAT?! When did that happen!!!??) so I know from personal experience that these items are prefect for the grandparents to have and keep at their home so that you do not have to pack “everything but the kitchen sink” when you go to visit them.
I decided to break it into the four major categories of a baby or toddler’s daily activities; bathing, eating, playing, and sleeping.
For some reason, baby bathing items are always something that I forget to pack, so having it already at the grandparents house is so convenient. Whether you are actually staying over night or not, it is good for the grandparents to have typical bathing items on hand just in case grandma decides to make spaghetti for dinner and you end up with an extremely messy child (how they manage to get spaghetti sauce EVERYWHERE is still a mystery to me, haha!)
The must haves that I included are a baby safe soap and lotion, a soft towel, and bath toys. (Trust me, I have heard more than once from both my parents and my husband’s that they need to have bath toys on hand because it makes it that much more fun for both your child and the grandparent who is bathing them to have a little toy for bath time.)
I did not include a baby bathtub because I actually never felt they were necessary. I bathed with my son until he was able to sit up by himself. Or I would put a towel on the bottom of the tub and only put a little amount of water if I did not want to get in the tub. Or a good sink bath is always an option! But if you typically use a baby bathtub then having one at the grandparents might be a good idea.
You guys, it is REALLY helpful if your baby’s grandparents have some sort of high chair or booster seat for them. We tried a few options to make this work before both sets of grandparents went out and got a high chair for my son to sit in. It makes eating at their house so much easier and we don’t have to try to remember to pack something for him to sit in. And, of course, it is helpful if they have a bib, some baby silverware, and some sort of sippy cup (the ones I have here for you are lids that fit over a regular cup to make a sippy cup, how cool is that!?)
I typically will pack a few toys and books for my son when we travel to keep him occupied in the car, but it is so fun going to his grandparents and playing with the toys they have at their house, especially if it is not something he already has at home. I included a cute little pull along puppy, a book, a stuffed animal, and an extra outfit. I always forget to pack extra clothes if we are just going to visit for the day and it is nice to have that extra something in case his other clothes get too dirty. (But seriously, how cute is this “Juice” romper?)
Having a portable crib at the grandparents house is so nice (like SO SO NICE!) Even if you are just spending the day at the grandparent’s house, your child will most likely be napping at some point. It is super helpful if they already have something that you can safely lay your precious sleeping child down in and not worry about them. I also included some muslin cotton blankets (these are great because you can swaddle your baby in them or if your child is older they work perfectly as a light blanket) and some footed pajamas just in case you forgot to pack any extras.
All of these must haves can be found at The Baby Cubby. The Baby Cubby is more than just another baby store; they are made up of a team of parents who know that the baby world can be overwhelming. They have done all of the hard work of researching the safest baby gear for you so you can shop confidently for your little one. They even price match all of their items so you can be sure you are getting the best deal! The Baby Cubby even has a community blog that you can check out for more parenting resources and information. Think of them as your one stop shop (see what I did there 😉 ) for all things baby related! You can read more about The Baby Cubby and what they are passionate about on their about page.
What items do you consider to be must haves for the grandparents house? Let me know in the comments if I forgot anything!