I'm looking for ideas for a variety of different grandparents...
All of my family could benefit from a book that mentions things like "don't let baby sleep on it's stomach" and carseat stuff, and basically anything that has changed in the last 30 years.
One is for my mother in law who doesn't like to read much. She is getting a little wierd in her older age (only 56), but will probably do things like she did with her children because "they turned out fine" (well, except for the asthma and childhood illnesses from her smoking). I think she's pretty set in her ways, but something that is cute and a quick/easy read would be good for her. (although the more information that can be packed in, the better, she may be the hardest to "reach") I don't think she'd be too easily offended, just the least likely to accept advice.
One is for my dad. He was pretty uninvolved when I was a baby. He has no ways to be set in, so to speak, and could probably benefit from a manual (still geared toward grandparents, not parents). My mom would probably read whatever I got my dad, but she stays pretty up on things. Anything cute or funny would be up her alley. My folks are both pretty grounded and anything that could be described as "hippy" or "new age" would TOTALLY turn them off. (they both majored in the sciences in college)
My father in law doesn't mind reading, but doesn't like things to get too technical/dry (funny, since he likes to read history, but I digress). He is probably the most "sensitive" of the bunch. Something that mentiones to him that the new parents might need some space and don't hate him wouldn't be bad.
If there's one book that does it all, that's great. My parents live together, so it would be fun for them to get different books. My in-laws are divorced, so it wouldn't really matter if I got them the same book or not (it might almost be safer if I got them the same one).
Also, do you folks think these would be ok as Christmas presents? Or does that send the wrong message? The baby isn't due until March 26.
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