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How family can help

FWYCoverWhen a new baby arrives in the family your relationship with grandparents and other family members can change suddenly.  Be open to offers of help.  If people in your family aren’t sure how to help, talk to them about what you’d like them to do.

Time is one of the best ways for grandparents and family members to develop a deeper bond with the baby and the baby’s parents.

Some other helpful tips for grandparents and family members:

  • Take the baby for a walk.

  • Read books and tell stories to the baby.

  • Listen to you and offer you a shoulder to lean on.

  • Take a crying baby for a while to give the parents a break.

  • Help with household tasks while the parents concentrate on their children.

  • Take care of older children for a while to allow the parents time with the baby.

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