An unforgettable Christmas with your baby
Christmas is a wonderful time and a new milestone in your little one life. It is a time to make new traditions with your little bundle of joy. The season, after all, is full of joy and excitement.
Unfortunately, Christmas is also the type of day that can bring stress and can be quite overwhelming with family visits, social obligations, presents, dinner (preparations), dressing up, and…then add a newborn in that mix ;).
This guide will give you tips and tricks to make this special time of year fun, festive and (most important) stress-free. It is, after all, the perfect time to start these beautiful new family traditions.
Here’s how to survive Christmas this year with less festive stress and more baby bliss …
Plan ahead and don’t overbook
Just thinking about all the things to arrange can be overwhelming. Take it one step at a time and make a to-do list. Start with this early and you will thank yourself later. Plan ahead and order your baby formula in time so that you do not have to worry about that. Christmas day itself is most likely fully planned with a snap of your fingers. To make it fun for your little one try sticking with your babies routines for eating and sleeping. A happy baby is more fun for everyone.
Capture your baby’s tiny cute little feet and hands. Even though you think it will not happen, you will forget how small they once were. By preserving your baby’s hand or footprint in salt dough, you have it captured forever. Turn it in a Christmas ornament to memorize their first Christmas. The recipe for salt dough is super simple:
- 1 cup of flour
- 1 cup of salt
- 1/2 cup water
Mix the salt and flour in a large bowl, make a well in the salt/flour mixture and add the water. Knead until smooth. You can air dry or dry in the oven at 200F. How long it takes depends on the thickness of your masterpiece.
Wanting to give your baby everything that his or her heart desires is perfectly normal for new parents. Too many toys can, however, overstimulate your little one. Giving them that one (ok ok, or two) special gift(s) can be so much more meaningful than a million little things. Giving something that lasts can create memorials for later.
The holiday season isn’t just for receiving—it’s also for giving. And with everything going on in the world, giving back to families in need and teaching your kids the importance of being charitable has never been more important. Purge baby items you no longer need, such as toys or outgrown clothes, and give them to charity.
A Christmas picture is the perfect way to capture the most precious keepsakes. Take a moment to capture that first (second, third, fourth) Christmas as a family. A memory to treasure for the rest of all your lives.