What gifts can you get for that new grandbaby?
Knit, purl, relax . . . repeat
Dr. Herbert Benson, author of The Relaxation Response, says that the repetitive action of needlework helps you achieve a relaxed state, similar to what occurs while meditating and practicing yoga—which we already know is very good for your brain. Though you may struggle a little while learning to knit, once you become even semi-adept at clacking those needles, studies have shown that knitting and crocheting can lower heart rate and blood pressure and reduce harmful blood levels of the stress hormone cortisol. The joy and pride that comes with completing needlework has also been shown to boost self-esteem. Even fathers have taken up knitting as a way to calm nerves, and some crafters have reported that knitting helped them kick cigarettes and snack less between meals. It also seems to help ease depression and chronic pain—and following complicated instructions has been shown to promote the growth of neural pathways in the brain that improve cognitive health, and improve memory retention. And new parents will love the handcrafted gifts. So select a project, pick up those needles, and knit away.
Lights, camera, baby!
Your new grandbaby is so adorable he (or she!) deserves to be monitored in beautiful 720p HD resolution. The Samsung BrightVIEW Baby Video Monitoring System allows caregivers to keep an eye on the grandbaby in crystal clear high definition. This pan, tilt, and zoom video monitor has all the high-end features you could want. Night vision, a 5” touch screen, ability to play lullabies, motion detection, and two-way audio. It’s a great way to keep a watchful eye on your grandbaby, without having to sneak into the nursery while they sleep.
Full review & demo of BabyVIEW Monitor
Forget the bling, gift a sling
Holding your baby close is one of the best ways to reinforce bonding, so slipping them into a natural-fiber, woven sling, that anyone can use when caring for baby, seems like a great idea. According to Oscha Slings, the first jacquard woven sling company in Great Britain, using woven wraps to carry babies and toddlers has multiple health benefits:
- Improves bonding and attachment, as close contact increases the release of oxytocin, which reduces anxiety for mother/father and baby.
- Increases levels of interaction for carriers and babies, which stimulates brain development.
- Increases positive touch, which encourages brain maturation.
- Reduces crying—research found babies carried for 1-2 hours a day cry 43% less overall and 54% in the evening hours.
- Lowers instances of colic and reflux, thanks to upright position and close contact with caregiver.
You can find baby slings everywhere, but if you want top quality, luxury fabrics, Oscha Slings has some gorgeous options. They’re great for newborns, but can be used well into toddler stage so become a lasting gift new parents (or grandparents) will love.