We've enjoyed having my mom out and I know she's having a great time holding her grandson.
One of the things that's helpful is that she brings experience to the table. She has observed a few small things here and there about his behavior that are cues to things he wants or needs, and I think in our day-to-day care it's easier to miss these things. She brings a fresh perspective and her own history raising three kids, and the combination helps her be more cued in on what his mannerisms mean.
She noticed, for example, that some of his squirming seemed to come when he was uncovered and that he might be more cold than we thought he was at times, so I've been using blankets more and have shut off the air conditioning at times. She also noticed some feeding habits he had where he was sucking in more air while feeding from the bottle because he was riled up, so we've tried to get him more calm before giving him his food.
Little things like that make a big difference. He's a pretty happy-go-lucky kid for the most part, but even a little more mellow makes a big difference in things like getting him to sleep more.
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