Whether they're taking care of your child on a regular basis or planning for your next visit, your parents want to keep their grandchildren safe and sound. Here's how you can make it easier for them:

  • Give them the important numbers. Your parents and in-laws should have all critical phone numbers (your child's healthcare provider, the hospital emergency room, the poison control center) on their phones or posted by every phone in the house. That way, when your child is visiting, they can contact help quickly in an emergency.

  • Do a safety check. When you visit their home, get down on your hands and knees and take a look. Seeing a room from a child's perspective will help all of you identify possible hazards more efficiently.

  • Help them childproof their house. Grandparents should never underestimate their grandchild's ability to climb, explore, and move furniture to reach something high up. When your parents were raising you, the traditional strategy was to keep a close eye on a child. But these days, experts put a lot more emphasis on changing a child's environment to make it safe. This new approach has cut the childhood accident rate by one-half to three-quarters in the last 20 years, so it's obviously working.

With these safety measures in place, Grandma and Grandpa are ready to start babysitting their adorable grandchild.