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My daughter is about to have my first grandchild. I’m so excited! How did you prepare to be a Grandma?

Our Mommy MD Guide’s reply: Although my son, daughter-in-law, and granddaughter live hours away, I very much look forward to their visits. I remember how hard it was to travel with a baby, so I’m doing everything I can think of to make my home baby-friendly.

I went to Babies R Us and picked up a bunch of babyproofing supplies. I covered my outlets with outlet protectors, putting child-proof covers on doorknobs to rooms she shouldn’t go into alone, put locks on toilets so she can’t play in—or fall in—the toilet, and put latches on the cabinet doors in both my kitchen and bathrooms. I also checked to make sure that my home’s hot water heater is lower than 120°F. We already have fire and carbon monoxide alarms on every floor of our home and in every bedroom, but I did check to make sure the batteries are working. I hope that by making it easier for my son and daughter-in-law to visit, they’ll come very often!

Rallie McAllister, MD, MPH, MSEH, a mother of three sons, family physician, and coauthor of The Mommy MD Guide to Pregnancy and Birth

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