What to Send with Baby for Grandparents – PLUS a DIY Dry Erase Board

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baby overnight bag grandparent

While it is a rare occasion that my husband I and go anywhere without the kids, we do like to get out of the house once in a while for a date night. These nights are usually not an overnight trip, but we still like to have a bag ready to go for heading up to Grandma and Grandpa’s — even if it is just an ‘afternoon bag’ instead of an overnight bag. 

What to pack for baby

baby bag night away

After four kids, we have it pretty nailed down as to what we like to send along with the baby so that he is just as comfortable as if he were at home. Here is what typically makes it into our bag (these are all items that stay in the bag and are used only at Grandma’s!):

  • An easy to carry bag (if they go for a walk the backpack style bag works well)
  • Huggies® Little Snugglers (because they offer the best skin care for our baby. They have GentleAbsorb liners that have tiny, soft pillows for a cushiony layer of protection between baby’s skin and any mess. They are also a low priced option that you can get at Walmart for only $8.97!)

Huggies in store

  • Huggies® Natural Care Wipes (because they are super soft and great for sensitive skin, but still thick enough to handle any mess)
  • Drool bibs (because babies drool…a lot)
  • Regular bibs (for when baby starts solids)
  • Soft washcloths (whether Grandma gives baby a bath, or just cleans his face, a soft washcloth is great for baby)
  • A little something extra for Grandma and Grandpa for taking such good care of our baby
  • Essentials like food (breast or formula milk), a favorite toy or pacifier, and an extra change of clothes or two — just in case


Making your to-do list easier

A new baby have you feeling like you’ve got “baby brain”?

Forgetting lots of things and need a list to keep you on task or remind you of things, or perhaps keep track of that shopping list for your baby bag?

Check out these easy to make DIY dry erase board to-do lists that will help you keep track of all your baby needs, to-do’s, or anything else you may forget! The best part — you can make these for under $5!

fridge task list DIY dry erase board

DIY Dry Erase Board


You can get all of the supplies needed from the Dollar Store if you don’t already have these things on hand. This means that the total cost for this entire project will be less than $5 if you need to buy everything, including the dry erase markers. I was able to use frames I already had for the kids’ task lists, so those cost me nothing to make!

  • Simple picture frame
  • Stick on magnets
  • Dry erase marker
  • To-Do list template (below)

DIY Dry Erase Board Supplies


  • Peel off the paper strips from the magnets and place around each side of your frame. You want to be sure will be strong enough to stay on your refrigerator (alternately, you can skip this step and use wall picture hanging strips instead by following the package instructions).

peel and stick magnet

diy dry erase back picture frame

  • Be sure to remove the kickstand in the back of the frame if it has one so that the frame will be level to your refrigerator. I covered mine at first but realized it worked better on my fridge with the cardboard completely removed. Do whatever works for you.

picture frame back

  • Insert the To-Do list printout of your choice and you are set! Click on each image below for a downloadable version of the print for yourself.
  • Place on the fridge and enjoy your newly organized self. 🙂

Here are a few pictures of your newly created (easy to make) DIY dry erase board in action so you can see how well this works.

DIY Picture Frame Dry Erase Board

It erases easily too!

DIY Dry Erase board

Perfect for your lists, with or without the printables below.

DIY Dry Erase task list

Free Printables for your DIY Dry Erase Board

Mommy To Do List Printable (click to download)

To Do List Printable

Boy To Do List/Chore Chart Printable (click to download)

task list boy chore chart

Girl To Do List/Chore Chart Printable (click to download)

Girl task list chore chart


What do you usually send along with your babies when visiting grandparents?
Will this easy DIY dry erase board help you remember what to pack?



Jesica H

When she isn’t drowning in a pile of never-ending laundry or picking up Legos, Jesica is busy helping other parents make their lives a little less stressful with homemaking hacks, easy recipes, fun DIY projects, and more. On her successful blog, The Mommy Bunch, her Cricut crafting tutorials are the most popular articles and are what sparked her passion for helping others build a business of their own. Jesica started rockyourcraft.com where you can find loads more craft tutorials and business advice. In her FREE Facebook group, Rock Your Craft Business, Jesica teaches other entrepreneurs how to take their craft business to the next level by building their brand, targeting the right customers, and utilizing smart social media strategies. Join us!

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16 thoughts on “What to Send with Baby for Grandparents – PLUS a DIY Dry Erase Board

  • April 5, 2016 at 2:07 pm
    This is so helpful because I know grandparents want their own stash of stuff at their house. This would make for a great gift for them when baby is born. Super helpful printables, thanks so much for sharing Jesica! #client Reply
  • April 8, 2016 at 6:21 pm
    That's a great list and a cute little dry erase board. I don't think I'd have to leave any notes for my mom. She's been wrangling a house full of kids for as long as I can remember. Reply
  • April 8, 2016 at 11:01 pm
    I love the diy dry erase board. I don't have to leave notes or special bags for my kids anymore. They are old enough that they love going to my moms and she loves having them since they're self sufficient! Reply
  • April 9, 2016 at 4:19 am
    Sounds like a great idea for us since my daughter's grandparents are in there late 70s ftom her dads side and don't have the modern day experiences with babies. Reply
  • April 9, 2016 at 6:21 am
    I wish this list was around when my kids were younger! The DIY dry-erase board looks easy enough and it would definitely help me stay more organized. Reply
  • April 9, 2016 at 8:30 am
    This is super cool, I never had grandparents to take my kids when they were younger (or even now) but i can see how something like this would be super useful for me when I take my little niece as I am always trying to get my Sis to tell me all I need to know before she heads here for time with me! Reply
  • April 10, 2016 at 7:54 am
    I always make a list so I won't forget anything and we actually have a dry erase board here where I write down the things that we need. :) Reply
  • April 10, 2016 at 9:59 pm
    Diy dry eraser board is pretty neat and so very simple to do! I never sent my kids to relatives for sleepovers before I've had great-grandma babysit at the house. I find it easier that way than having to think about what to send lol Reply
  • April 10, 2016 at 10:12 pm
    These are some great ideas. I love the idea of that dry eraser board. I'm going to have to make some of these for my girls. I love it! Reply
  • April 11, 2016 at 8:14 am
    That is a very clever and such a great idea. I will be copying your technique soon, thanks! Reply
  • April 11, 2016 at 9:40 am
    It is nice to be prepared for others to watch your kids. I am sure the grandparents are thrilled with your organization! I would be if I was to watch the kids! Reply
  • April 11, 2016 at 8:44 pm
    Love the DIY erase board, such a great idea for anyone who comes to watch the kids! :-) Reply
  • April 13, 2016 at 3:51 pm
    I have that "BABY BRAIN"!! I am so forgetful these days that we have a baby. It seems like there's so much to do. I need that dry erase board and the to do list.. Thank you so much! Reply

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