10 Tasks New Moms Can Assign Their In-laws

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When I gave birth to my first child, I resolved to care for him expertly, while simultaneously keeping the house in tip-top condition. Was I well-intentioned? Yes. Completely unrealistic? Without a doubt!

It took me until about three seconds post-delivery to realize the loftiness of my goals. Fortunately, my parents and in-laws were way ahead of me, having experienced the joys and challenges of infant care many times themselves. Families lucky enough to have grandparents willing and able to assist would be wise to ditch the do-it-yourself mentality and let others lend a hand. Keep reading for a list of 10 ways your baby's grandparents can positively impact the early weeks of his life.