The Holidays are the most wonderful time of the year and an important milestone in a new parent’s life. However, this festive season can also bring lots of stress when you have to care for a newborn. Here are a few tips to face all the festivities smoothly and stress-free!
Opt for Smaller Gatherings
As much as you want to introduce your little one to everyone, meeting a handful of new people can be a little overwhelming for a baby. Opting for fewer parties and more intimate ones will make a sweeter time for everyone involved.
Pack a Security Blanket
If Holiday season means lots of travelling for you, try to respect your baby’s routine as much as you can. Be sure to pack a familiar item, like that favorite blanket, a lovey or Mr. Teddy Bear.
Introduce Your Baby to a White Noise Machine
Unfamiliar homes and noisy Holiday parties are not the most relaxing place to fight insomnia. To help your baby keep up with his or her sleeping routine, a portable white noise machine might be your best bet to soothe your baby to sleep.
Parties are no time for food experiments. New foods can be tricky on a baby’s stomach and newborns can’t really eat solid food, so be prepared and bring snacks and staples you know your little one can handle and will love.
Bring A Ready-To-Go Baby Changer
The Holidays always promise lots of travel to visit family members. Make your life a little easier with a ready-to-go baby changer like the Matty Changer. All-in-one, portable and easy to clean, this is your best ally on your many trips when you have to make a quick-change in any kind of setting.
Long car or plane rides can be pretty boring for babies. To avoid tears, keep your baby engaged with your tried-and-true games, toys and plushes!
Prepare Your Baby to Visit Santa
Your baby doesn’t have any idea who this white-bearded guy is yet, but you do! You probably can’t wait for him to meet this jolly old friend and get that priceless photo. However, many babies are afraid of old Saint Nick. To avoid tears and make this experience the most magical for everyone, introduce him to Santa early on. Prepare little guys or gals with popular tales and show pictures, so they’ll feel like they are as excited to see him as you are.
But, most of all, try to relax and stock up on memories, cause it’ll be your baby’s first Christmas only once! Here are a few tips to make it unforgettable.
Snap Lots of Pictures
You’ll want to hang on to as many memories as you can, so keep your camera close during this sparkly season! You just can’t take too many photos.
Create a holiday card
Your friends and family members can’t wait to see your little one! A holiday card showcasing that cute face gives them a sneak peak before the Holiday parties. It is the perfect excuse to plan a photo op and show off your new favorite little human.
Fashion a special Christmas ornament
At this age, there’s not much you can offer your baby. A special ornament is a great way to mark First Christmases with something that you’ll both be able to keep forever as an heirloom, unlike clothing that he’d grow out of, for example. Here is a cute DIY ornament you could try.
We wish you and your newborn the happiest Holidays!