05/13/2014 07:13 am ET | Updated May 13, 2014

7 Things Every Grandparent Needs For Their New Grandchild

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  • A car seat - Simply put: Installing them and de-installing them is a bear of a project. You need to make sure they are super-secure, which can take a lot of time and sweat. If you'll br driving the baby around a lot, it's worth it to invest in one. Before you choose a car seat, check out Consumer Reports Car Seat Buying Guide.
  • Bottles/sippy cups - Ask the parents which brand they use, since babies are often very particular about their bottles and cups, then keep a few in your house in case the parents forget to bring them.
  • A rocking chair - Yes, it's a big expense, but babies do love motion, and holding a baby and rocking him to sleep is what it's all about. You'll be glad you have it. And then when they're too big to be rocked, you can donate it to another new grandparent.

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