Making the most of baby’s first ChristmasDecember 13, 2017
Baby’s first Christmas is one of the most magical times for you and your family and, as it will only happen once, you need to make the most of it!
Here are a few tips to make sure your Christmas sparkles with magic from start to finish:
- One of the best ways to make sure that baby’s first Christmas is truly magical is to sort out the practicalities in advance. By bulk buying nappies and stocking up on other necessities for your little one before the Christmas rush, you’ll be able to focus all of your attention on enjoying the festive fun.
- Christmas can be a particularly hectic time, but if you want cute gurgles and giggles rather than a fraught and fractious baby, try and stick to your normal routines for feeding times and rest time. You might like having a change to your routine over Christmas but a tired or hungry baby will not appreciate it so much.
- If you are hosting Christmas Day and preparing Christmas dinner for family or friends then don’t hesitate to ask them to help out with baby to take some of the pressure off of you. Often grandparents and other family members won’t even need to be asked, as this is their chance to enjoy baby’s first Christmas too.
- Even when you manage to stick to your baby’s routine and get family to entertain your little one, Christmas can still prove an overwhelming time for some babies. If you find that the festivities are leaving your little one fractious, try soothing them before bedtime by giving them a calming bath. If possible, use soft lighting and gentle, softly scented baby products to help them relax before bedtime. Then you can put them to bed and enjoy some adult chatter and that sneaky mince pie!
- If you are planning on travelling over Christmas to visit your family then remember to get kitted up properly in advance. By writing a packing list and making sure you have all the essentials in your baby’s changing bag, you can avoid a chaotic start to your Christmas travels. Of course, if you are travelling abroad, you will need to do even more planning, so click here to check our top tips for overseas Christmas holidays.
- Now is your perfect opportunity to splurge on those gorgeous toys and nursery items that you have been longing to get for your baby. Remember that family and friends will also be trying to come up with ideas for the perfect gift, so if there is anything in particular that you would like, or that they could contribute to, now is the perfect time to mention it. This is also a good way to ensure that people buy your baby age-appropriate toys and clothes, rather than that dubious-looking, oversized ‘First Christmas’ jumper!
- As baby’s first Christmas only comes once, don’t miss this unique opportunity to take some memorable snaps that you can look back on for years to come. From baby seated on Santa’s knee to family shots with the Christmas tree and presents, there are a host of opportunities to take truly charming festive photos. You can even put a cute picture of your baby on the Christmas cards you send, reminding everyone of the special new addition to your family.
- Baby’s first Christmas is also a great time to start a new Christmas family tradition. From making a gingerbread house together (although baby will not be doing much of the making this year!) to watching a favourite Christmas film together, you can start notching up the Christmas nostalgia from baby’s very first Noel.
We hope the above tips prove useful and, more importantly, lots of fun! Now you have a new little angel in your life, you’ve more reason that ever for Christmas to be magical.