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First great grandchild

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Lesley60 Tue 04-May-21 23:05:01

Hi Everyone, I hope this post doesn’t sound silly but I’m expecting my first Great- grandchild
My granddaughter in law is only five months pregnant on her first baby and they have already bought everything and decorated the nursery.
It’s the first grandchild for both sets of parents and the big things like prams and cots etc are on order.
My problem is what can I buy, I didn’t exactly expect to become a great - grandma at 62 but would like to buy something special that doesn’t get cast aside in six weeks when it’s grown out of I wanted something for them to keep although don’t want to give money or open an account
I thought some of you wise ladies may have some ideas.

Lesley60 Tue 04-May-21 23:09:49

They have also bought a wardrobe full of baby clothes, I know it’s to early for all of this but wouldn’t dream of saying anything as they are an excited young couple

ixion Tue 04-May-21 23:15:43

A nice silver photo frame?

agnurse Tue 04-May-21 23:42:44

If you are crafty at all you might make something special. For example, a cross-stitched crib cover, bib, or birth sampler would be a lovely gift to be cherished.

I also second the photo frame.

Doodledog Tue 04-May-21 23:49:32

Congratulations! What lovely news.

I'm not sure if this will help, but a present I have bought for a baby to keep has been a copy of Peter and the Wolf, with the Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra. There is a really good recording with David Bowie doing the voiceover. Over the years, I have bought it on record, tape and CD, but these days, I'm not sure what format would be sensible, as I know that my children stream all their music now.

Otherwise it's difficult, as obviously you don't know what the baby will grow up to be, or where their interests will lie. What about a bottle of port to 'lay down' for when they reach 18 or 21? Or a set of classic books, such as Beatrix Potter stories? My husband still has a Peter Rabbit cup, saucer and plate that he was given as a baby - I don't know if Wedgewood still make them, but it's worth a try if you like that sort of thing?

Redhead56 Tue 04-May-21 23:52:38

Congratulations how about a trying to source a lovely silver rattle.

B9exchange Tue 04-May-21 23:56:16

How about a voucher for a professional family photo shoot? Everyone treasures their earliest baby photos, and years later they can show them to their babies future partner to embarrass them!

crazyH Tue 04-May-21 23:57:30

Congratulations to all the family - exciting times ahead 👶

Lolo81 Wed 05-May-21 00:19:57

My GGM, so my DD’s GGGM bought her the most darling little jemima puddleduck ornament which played a nursery rhyme when you turn her. It is still one of her prized possessions now and is so sentimental to us all. Maybe something like that?

nanna8 Wed 05-May-21 00:49:49

Hi Lesley and welcome to gt grandma hood. I was 63 when my first was born and it was a bit of a shock, a nice shock, but still a shock ! I think, if I remember, I actually bought stuff more for my granddaughter, pampering sort of things and I knitted a little outfit for Oliver, their son. They had no money of course, very young but in a way having children young is good and they have done well in life. She went back to study and university and her partner did an apprenticeship. Lots of help from my daughter and his parents, too. They have lots of energy and their son has had lots of great experiences camping, going to open air concerts etc.

Lesley60 Wed 05-May-21 01:01:16

Thank you so much everyone you have given me some great ideas

Nansnet Wed 05-May-21 09:49:45

You can get some absolutely beautiful keepsake baby books for mum & dad to add photos, and keep a record of baby's life when they're growing up. Or beautiful keepsake boxes, for them to keep special things in throughout their child's life ... first tooth, first haircut, first outfit/shoes/toy/photo/etc.

JaneJudge Wed 05-May-21 09:54:53

I agree with knitting a blanket or similar but how lovely you will be a Great Grandma so young smile My Gran got to see my children reach adulthood and I always think it was such a gift for them and her! smile

Rufus2 Wed 05-May-21 12:40:43

I thought some of you wise ladies may have some ideas
Lesley As a soon-to-be Greatgrandad, 3 weeks to go!, I feel entitled to mention that gentlemen also have ideas as well as being wise! We also have feelings! grin

Congrats! Anyone know whether to knit pink or blue yet?

Good Health and Good Luck.

PaperMonster Wed 05-May-21 19:01:45

What about a sling? I’d recommend the Integra.

midgey Wed 05-May-21 19:36:13

I think the thought the photograph idea was lovely! Perhaps it could be a generations one!

agnurse Wed 05-May-21 20:29:15


Sorry to be a bit pedantic, but A Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra and Peter and the Wolf are actually two different works. The former is by Benjamin Britton, a British composer, and the latter by Sergei Prokofiev, a Russian composer. I can see how the confusion could arise - they're both pedagogical works that are intended to introduce children to the different instruments that comprise the orchestra.

Doodledog Wed 05-May-21 21:50:24

Yes I know, but they are both available on one CD (or possibly a 'Double CD', with David Bowie narrating PATW.

As I said, have bought several copies over the years - in the olden days when records and tapes had 'sides' one was on one side and the other on the other.

My own children had a copy and they are now 30 and 28, and I bought them as presents for other babies to play when they were old enough.

Bibbity Wed 05-May-21 22:55:50

My youngest is one and I feel bad but a lot of the suggestions here I have been gifted throughout the lives of my three children and I don’t believe I kept any.

I would honestly go with the photo shoot. Pictures like that are kept and shown throughout life and it will be the one thing that remains.

greenlady102 Thu 06-May-21 10:41:45

Can i suggest that you ask the parents? If you have preferences then you might say "I had thought of this this or this" or is there something you'd prefer?

Elijah Thu 06-May-21 10:43:11

If you live close enough offer some time to look after little one, do the cleaning cooking etc. I know you said (great) grandchild no doubt the grandparents are still young enough to be working so don't have the time to spare to help. As a new parent the whole event can be overwhelming so chores get left behind and most mothers will welcome help.

Nanette1955 Thu 06-May-21 10:45:12

Maybe set up a pension for the newborn, I did that with mine, pay in a small amount each month and they can take it in in the future and will thank you for starting one for them so early. Xx

Lizzyflip Thu 06-May-21 10:57:15

For each of my grandchildren I've ordered a proof set of coins from the Royal Mint in a presentation case. Not too expensive and certainly something to be cherished and handed down. Might even be collectable one day.

sweetcakes Thu 06-May-21 10:57:20

I got my granddaughter a pandora bracelet and every year I add to it especially if I can't find anything else to buy her lol

OldHag Thu 06-May-21 10:59:08

Lesley60, I could have written your post, same age, same nursery already done, everything ordered, and a wardrobe full of clothes, so I'm really glad you asked this question. I'm hoping to make a patchwork quilt for the baby when he arrives, which I'm hoping my granddaughter will appreciate enough to keep, and hand down through the years, although with the baby being a boy, I have my doubts about whether when a boy grows up, a quilt will be appreciated as much as it might be by a girl, who is likely to go on and produce her own babies, as men in general don't seem to be as sentimental as we ladies, or do they, Rufus2?