Grandparents Day was September 11th, but we don’t need a special day to recognize how important grandparents are to our kiddos (and us, of course!). Spending time at Mimi and Papa’s (or Nana and Grandpa’s, Oma and Opa’s, Nana and Pop’s…) is a great opportunity for littles to bond with their grandparents, and it’s also a really good time to finally practice that self care. Whether it’s for the afternoon, an overnight, or longer, making sure grandparents are set up for success with the best gear keeps everyone focused on the fun instead of worrying about what grandkids are missing.
We’ve rounded up some of the easiest, most convenient, and helpful goodies to make trips to Granny and Gramps’ house extra-smooth. If your family is lucky enough to be able to spend time with grandparents, we’re here to make sure the only worry is which ice cream to eat for dinner. Hey, what happens at Grandma’s, stays at Grandma’s.
Koko Portable Infant Bouncer$100 BUY NOW
The last thing we want to do is ask grandparents to figure out complicated baby products, and that's why we love the Koko Portable Infant Bouncer. This sleek bouncer uses your baby's weight to produce a soothing rocking motion, so grandparents don't have to deal with a bunch of different buttons or settings! And, this simple and neutral design means Grandma and Grandpa won't mind keeping this in their living room between visits.
Skip*Hop Mainframe Wide Open Backpack Diaper Bag$75 BUY NOW
Our parents did their time carrying the not-so-cute diaper bags of the 70s, 80s, and 90s, so we're not going to ask them to do it again. Do grandparents a favor and send the kiddos with this chic backpack diaper bag from Skip*Hop! The large middle compartment means everything is right at their fingertips, and it offers the option of wearing it as a backpack with adjustable straps or carrying it using the wide, easy-to-grip handles. It also offers stroller straps and a structured design, so there's no slouching, and we're sure grandparents won't mind toting this one out and about. It's the least we could do!
Bumbo 3-in-1 Multi Seat$60 BUY NOW
Ah, the Bumbo. We're convinced this is one of the best baby and toddler inventions ever, and grandparents are sure to agree. Ultra-light and ultra-portable, the Bumbo 3-in-1 Multi Seat is a floor seat, feeding seat, and booster seat! The adjustable design makes it easy for it to grow with little ones 6-36 months, so it's definitely a one-and-done seat that can be left at the grandparents' house.
Zip Top Baby Snack Container Set of 4$35 BUY NOW
Food storage and snack bags that are sealable mean that grandparents don't have to fret over matching lids for kids' snacks and meals! This set of four zip-top baby snack containers are self-standing to mitigate spills, and the food-grade silicone design make them safe for the microwave, freezer, and dishwasher. Send your little ones' favorite foods along to their grandparents' house so there's no guess work involved in deciding what to feed them and they're made for little fingers to open, reach into, and close without help! BONUS: no more disposable plastic baggies!
On the Move Sleep Bag$39 BUY NOW
It's so much easier to pack a sleep sack or two instead of multiple blankets that somehow always get lost or left behind. We're especially big fans of the On the Move Sleep Bag from Ergobaby! It's a sleep-sack-romper-lounger-play-suit that we didn't know we needed until we got our hands on it. Tuck legs and feet away for naptime and bedtime, then convert to a play romper for on-the-move time. It also offers a travel-friendly seatbelt and stroller strap slot and an adjustable length to grow with your kiddos! Send one or two of these sleep bags along for overnight visits.
MOBY Bathtime Essentials Kit$60 BUY NOW
Make bathtime at the grandparents' house easy and safe with the Bathtime Essentials Kit from MOBY! This four-piece set includes a soft spout cover, padded elbow rest, kneeler, and secure suctioned bath mat. That was simple!
Pipette Baby Bestsellers Bundle$24 BUY NOW
Now that you have the bath gear taken care of, give Grandma and Grandpa everything they need to clean up the grandkids with this Essentials Bundle from Pipette! Including their best-selling Baby Shampoo + Wash, Baby Lotion, and Baby Balm, this ticks all the boxes for easy bathing that's gentle on everyone's skin. And with Pipette offering 30% off your first order with code SQUALANE30, there's no better time to stock up!
Graco Travel Lite Crib$150 BUY NOW
We're on a mission to make things easily portable, and the Graco Travel Lite Crib weighs less than 20lbs! That means grandparents can move this sleep and play space from room to room without strain or stress. The Travel Lite Crib offers a one-of-a-kind adjustable bassinet with two levels and also quickly converts to a play yard!
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