Tips For Babysitting the Grandkids

If you’re a grandparent, chances are you will have been asked to babysit. This is all part of the grandparent service, along with spoiling your grandchildren at Christmas, sneaking them sweets and money when their parents aren’t looking, and generally indulging them. 

However, children aren’t always little darlings, and even your own grandchildren might need reigning in on occasion. So, if you’re an exasperated grandad or granny looking for some tips on babysitting the little ones, you’re in the right place. 

Avoid Messes

Little kids and mess go hand in hand, and if your grandchildren are still infants, then you can guarantee there is going to be some spillage. However, if you want to ensure that your carpet stays spotless, you can always arm yourself with a trusty coverall feeding bib from BIBaDO. These bibs are perfect for babies who are weaning and can make the transition to solids all the more seamless. Made with adjustable sleeves and easy to attach to a highchair, these feeding bibs will make mealtimes a dream, so you don’t have to worry about getting out the carpet cleaner. 

Keep Them Entertained

Your grandchildren’s parents may not be keen on the idea of them watching television all day, but if our British weather is up to its old tricks, then you may feel that you don’t have many options. It can be exhausting trying to keep little kids entertained, but you can do so without resorting to the TV. 

There are various ways to keep kids happy and occupied without using digital devices. These can include:

  • Drawing
  • Painting – just make sure you put newspapers down first!
  • Arts and crafts
  • Baking 
  • Building a fort out of cushions and blankets

Once your grandkids start to use their imaginations, they’ll be able to stay entertained for hours. 

Go Outdoors

Of course, if the weather is permitting, then there’s nothing to stop you from venturing outside. This will benefit both you and the kids, as a dose of fresh air always does wonders to clear our heads. You can keep it fairly local by going to a nearby park, or perhaps a swimming pool. If you do go to the park, you can let the kids play on the swings and monkey bars while you have a sit-down. This will also give the kids a chance to release all their pent-up energy and go wild for a couple of hours. When they are finally tired out, you can take them home, and hopefully, they will be too exhausted to cause much ruckus! 

Visit a National Trust

Visiting a National Trust is not just a great way to spend your day, but it is also wonderful for helping your grandkids to make new memories. The great thing about a National Trust is the variety of activities; you can take a guided tour of the estate, explore the beautiful gardens, and let the kids have fun in the kids’ play areas. Places like Cliveden, in Buckinghamshire, even include a yew tree maze, storybook play den and woodland play trail! With so much to discover, you can ensure your grandkids won’t be bored!

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