For Dorris Crawford, diaper duty was officially over decades ago.
After raising six children of her own, no one would blame the 82-year-old if she didn't want to burp another cranky baby or wipe another dirty chin again.
But she misses it.
So every Wednesday, the Cheyenne Place retirement home resident spends her morning caring for infants at Fort Carson's Army Community Services Nurturing Center.
"They're so sweet," Crawford said wistfully as she reclined in a rocking chair and fed a newborn a bottle on a recent Wednesday.
"We don't have to do anything but hold them, love them, rock them."
Crawford is one of a small group of Cheyenne Place residents who watch 20 children at the center each Wednesday while their parents attend the Nurturing Parent class across the hall.
The class's goal: curb child abuse rates by developing age-appropriate expectations and empathy in parents, some of whom were referred by the Department of Human Services or their child's doctor.
"We're helping the parents learn that their feelings are OK, and that their kids have feelings too," said Barbara Draper, a nurse who helps facilitate the class.
While parents hone their skills, their children "aren't just in there being baby-sat," Draper said.
They're in the hands of veteran parents who would do anything for them - even wake up as early as 6 a.m. to make sure they're ready to leave for post on time.
"They're always ready, waiting for me," said Jodi Dunn, activities director at Cheyenne Place. "It's a win-win. The children give as much as we give to them."
The seniors serve as surrogate grandparents to the children of class participants, Draper said.
"The grannies provide what our military population is often away from: extended family," she said. "Sometimes when parents are in the process of raising their kids, they're worried about making ends meet, about work.
"These grannies step up for a bit and provide that nurturing presence for babies. They're emotionally available."
Because 87-year-old Margie Baker is on oxygen and uses a walker, she's limited in what she can do.
But she can hold and rock babies.
"I like to talk to them," Baker said as a 10-month-old ate cereal on her lap. "This guy is such a flirt. It's just nice to see the little ones. It makes you feel good to be here."
Being on a military installation reminds Crawford of her days as a base-dwelling young wife of an airman.
"On a military installation, everybody is in the same boat," she said. "You get to know your neighbors. When I was raising my kids, there wasn't much money."
Late each Wednesday morning, the honorary grandparents pack up and head back to Cheyenne Place. They arrive just in time for lunch.
"By that time I'm hungry and ready to go, but sometimes I'd like to bring the babies back with me, especially this one," Crawford said with a smile as she glanced at the infant snugly nestled under her chin.
"He's a nice, quiet one."