22 Baby Things to Keep at Grandma's House - Baby sitting in Graco car seat
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22 Baby Things to Keep at Grandma's House

By Kayla Young
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While taking your baby for visits to their grandparents’ house is one of the best things ever (think: cuddles for them and a potential nap for you) the business of actually getting there can seem damn near impossible. There are a few things to keep at grandma’s house that will make your life much easier.

Things to keep at the grandma’s house that will make traveling there easier:

Graco pack 'n play - things to keep at grandma's house

1. Portable Crib Playard

If like me, you have ever forgotten to bring some kind of sleeping receptacle with you for an overnight stay with your baby, you know that IT IS A NIGHTMARE. After doing this only once, I decided it was well worth it to find something that I could leave at my parents so my baby would always have a safe place to sleep when we came to visit. Pack ‘N Plays are great because they can easily fold up to be stored away when not in use.

If money’s not an issue, splurge on the Breeze Plus by 4moms  that’s super-easy to set up and comes with a bassinet and change pad!

drawer filled with diapers at grandparent's house

2. Diapers

After trying to do the math on how many diapers to pack for a weeklong visit to grandma and grandpa’s, I decided that estimating would be far too dangerous a risk to take, bought a box and left the whole thing there. You could also just order a box and have it sent directly to their house, making it one of the easiest things to keep at grandma’s house.

hand pulling out baby wipe

3. Wipes

Try wiping your baby’s butt with toilet paper once and you will quickly realize why these bad boys were invented. Buy a box and stash a package in every room at the grandparents’ house, and put a couple in their car, just to be safe. I love Coterie wipes because they 100% plant-based with 99% water so you're not tossing polyester into the garbage.

Kushies diaper changing mat - things to keep at grandma's house

4. Change Pad

Anyone who has ever changed an infant knows that their diapers are never to be trusted. These easy change pads can be used just about anywhere and keep anything underneath safe from the blowout. Get this one by Kushies on Amazon.

Summer Infant portable play yard

5. Playard

If you’ve ever had the fun experience of chasing your baby around grandma’s living room to prevent all of her breakables from being destroyed, you’ll have a good idea why a Playard made this list. A Playard is also awesome if grandma’s house hasn’t yet been baby-proofed, or you want to give your little one a safe place to play outdoors. Check out this one by Summer Infant. A Pack n’ Play also works great for smaller kids!

Britax Boulevard ClickTight Convertible Car Seat to keep at grandparent's housebaby sitting in Graco car seat - things to keep at grandma's house

6. Car Seat

If you want to avoid the pain in the ass process of uninstalling/installing/uninstalling and installing a car seat AGAIN, you may want to consider buying a second car seat, or, at the very least, a second car seat base if you're using an infant seat.

If you only want to buy one seat, the Britax Boulevard is amazing because it's super easy to install and can be used for newborns up to 65 lbs (which is a good sized 6 year old). This would be a good choice if you want to just pop this out of your car and into Grandma's. The downside is it's a little heavy and pricey.

If you only need to install it once and are looking for something a little more wallet-friendly to keep in Grandma's car permanently, the Cosco Scenera NEXT Convertible Car Seat is a steal. At 10lbs, it's bananas light (the Boulevard is closer to 30lbs) and it's under $60. It can be a little fiddly to install but it's a great safe seat.

Baby Jogger City Tour 2 Single StrollerContours travel stroller in black and gray

7. Stroller

If you don't want to haul your stroller around with you, keeping one at Grandma and Grandpa's house isn't a bad idea. For a lightweight, nimble, reasonably priced stroller, I decided on the Baby Jogger City Tour 2 Single Stroller. I wanted something with a good recline (hello, naps), compact fold and a smooth ride and this one checks all the boxes.

Fisher-Price Baby To Toddler -Toy 3-In-1 Spin & Sort Activity Center And Play Table

8. Jumperoo or Exersaucer

A jumperoo or exersaucer is a great alternative to the Playard mentioned above, especially if you just don’t have the space.

My daughter had a ton of fun playing in the exersaucer that my parents picked up at a garage sale for under $25. We loved having a source of entertainment that would keep her in one place whether we were making dinner in the kitchen or watching her brother play outside.

If you want something a little less bulky, check out the Fisher-Price Baby 3-In-1 Spin & Sort Activity Center. It's very nible and converts to a toddler table once you're out of the baby year.

baby playing on one side of a baby gate - things to keep at grandma's house

9. Baby Gate

If you’ve got a baby on the move, baby gates are one of the most important things to keep at grandma’s house. Pressure-mounted gates can be moved around and won’t leave holes in the walls, but remember that they aren’t strong enough for the tops of stairs. This gate by Regalo is great because it can either be pressure mounted or hardware mounted, depending on where you need to put it. Extensions can also be purchased to accommodate wider door frames.

Be sure to also check out Baby Proofing Checklist - 40 Ways to Make Your Space Safe to see if there are any other spots that need securing.

Fisher-Price Baby's Bouncer

10. Baby Bouncer

A baby bouncer can be a lifesaver if your baby isn’t crawling yet. People are always looking to sell bouncers their babies have outgrown, so check garage sales or online marketplaces if you’re looking to save some money and don’t mind buying second-hand. Target also has a nice selection of inexpensive ones and Amazon is also a great spot to track a cheap one down.

11. Thermometer

Nothing is worse than running out to the pharmacy to get a thermometer when you suspect your baby might have a fever. There are many different models to choose from, but even a cheap and simple armpit thermometer is nice to have on hand when your baby feels a little too warm for comfort.

I like forehead and ear thermometer like this one from Braun and you can find it on Amazon and at Target.

como tomo baby bottle

12. Bottles

Find a bottle your baby will take and make sure you have at least two million stored at Grandma and Grandpa’s because this may just be your chance to sneak away for some alone time or, better still, a nap. The one shown here is from Comotomo.

little boy wearing bib at grandma's house

13. Bibs

Bibs are one of those things that you never seem to think about bringing along until it’s too late. Sure, you could try to create some kind of makeshift bib for your baby and attempt to fasten it to them as they’re throwing handfuls of spaghetti across the room, but keeping a stash handy is probably a lot easier. I love these ones by Bumkins because they are waterproof and easy to rinse off.  You can find them on Amazon.

colorful plastic bowls - things to keep at grandma's house

14. Bowls

While kids aren’t especially picky about their tableware, it’s nice to have some breakproof bowls on hand for when they inevitably get knocked to the floor. These ones from Munchkin are inexpensive and have a suction base to have them stay put. I found them on Amazon.

heat detecting baby spoon stirring bowl of pureed red fruit

15. Spoons

Little mouths need little spoons, and plastic ones that don’t burn mouths are even better. Munchkin makes some awesome spoons that change color when the food is too hot, so anyone can help you out with dinnertime duty. Get the Munchkin White Hot Infant Safety Spoons on Amazon.

things to keep at grandma's house - toddler sitting in high chair

16. High chair

Make sure you’ve got some kind of high chair handy when visiting grandma’s, whether it’s a cheap upright one or a compact one that takes up next to no space when it’s stored away. We love the Lobster chair from Phil and Ted – it’s survived 3 years with our toddler and is now on year 2 with our baby. We take it everywhere! You can find this one on Amazon.

You can also check out 16 Alternatives to a Traditional High Chair for other options.

tubby todd bubble bath

17. Bubble Bath

It's nice to have some kind of gentle cleaning stuff on hand to deal with spit ups and blowouts. Any unscented soap will do but Tubby Todd is always a great pick.

Summer Baby Bather Folding Bath Sling

18. Bath Sling

While we’re on the subject of bath time, a bath sling isn’t a bad idea, especially where little babies are concerned. Keep baby safely positioned, whether bath time takes place in the sink or the tub. This Summer Baby Bather Folding Bath Sling can be easily tucked away between visits.

things to keep at grandma's house - rohm white noise machine

19. White Noise Machine

Falling asleep in a new environment can be tricky for babies (and adults, if we’re being honest). I found having something familiar, like a white noise machine, helped maintain the sleep routine we follow at home. This portable LectroFan Micro delivers a ton of rich sound in a very small package. I take it with me when I travel – it's amazing.

If you're going to be out of hearing range, an inexpensive monitor might be helpful too. Check out Best Baby Monitor Buying Guide (and What to Avoid) for some tips and ideas.  

things to keep at grandma's house - Gerber baby puffs snacks

20. Snacks

Much like diapers, you can never have too many snacks. I liked having a variety of food handy that I felt comfortable letting anyone feed my baby. Dissolvable, easy-to-swallow treats like these Gerber Puffs are great to keep in the cupboard and do double duty by both tiding babies over until her next meal and keeping them entertained.

This is also a great time to chat about choking hazards and infant CPR.

things to keep at grandma's house - Gerber baby puffs snacks

21. Extra clothes

If you’re leaving your baby with grandma or grandpa for a visit on their own, a general rule of thumb is 67 extra outfits per hour they will be staying. Just kidding. But bring extra clothes because diaper blowouts, spit up and food and milk spills are more than guaranteed.

things to keep at grandma's house - bin of toys

22. Toys and Books

This is probably fairly obvious, but having a decent selection of toys and books hidden away at your baby’s grandparents’ house is always a good idea.

You could even get a book subscription delivered to her house so there's always something new and age appropriate waiting for you.

To Sum Up Gear for Grandma's House

I think it goes without saying that you don’t need all (or any) of this gear at Grandma’s, but I wanted to suggest some possibilities – especially if Grandma and Grandpa are chomping at the bit to outfit their home.

What do you think? Is there anything I’ve missed that you can’t live without for a visit to your baby’s grandparents? I’d love to hear them in the comments!

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