The key to an enjoyable and unforgettable first Christmas with baby lies in two equally important things:
Christmas with a new-born baby can be truly magical, but for obvious reasons comes with its own unique challenges. So with this in mind, what follows is a brief overview of several important tips for getting the most out of baby’s first Christmas:
Baby’s First Christmas: Your Complete Survival Guide
Keep Things Simple
First and foremost, it’s important to remember that your tiny baby isn’t going to remember much of what happens anyway. What’s more, take things too far and it could end up somewhat overwhelming for the poor little thing. Not to mention, his or her poor little parents! There will be plenty of time to go nuts with the festivities in the future, but for now, it’s better to keep things simple and straightforward.
Have Realistic Expectations
By realistic, we mean not expecting the whole thing to be some picture-perfect snapshot of the idyllic family Christmas, without a single hiccup along the way. It’s guaranteed to be a magical and memorable time, but you’ll still be looking after your tiny baby as you would be any other day of the year. Christmas with a baby can be unpredictable at the best of times, so you need to gauge your expectations accordingly and expect the unexpected.
Think Carefully About Keepsakes
There are so many ways you can capture these precious memories for life while setting your child up with a keepsake or two they’ll want to hang on to. One example of which being to organise a personalised letter from Santa Claus or even a recorded video message. They might not get much out of it this Christmas, but it’s guaranteed to warm their heart and light up their soul in years to come.
Think Twice About Lavish Gifts
As for the rest of the expensive and exclusive indulgences you intend to throw baby’s way, experts typically advise not to bother. It’s almost impossible to resist the temptation, but it’s worth remembering that not only does your baby not need a great deal, they also don’t care about lavish Christmas presents. At least, not for the time being, so you’re off the hook for now! Seriously – the average baby is far more interested in the box and the paper than whatever was inside it.
Rather than making things up as you go along, try to plan as many details in advance as possible. Examples of which include who you intend to invite over, what you intend to cook, whether you intend to travel anywhere and so on. Likewise, the importance of shopping for whatever you need as early as possible cannot be overstated. The last thing you want is to have to deal with the chaotic Christmas crowds at the last moment when you’ve already got a million and one things to do.
Grab a Safety Checklist
Christmas inherently brings all manner of bits and pieces in to the home that can be risky for babies. Every Christmas decoration is a choking hazard, every bit of paper creates a fire risk, and there are of toxins and other nasties everywhere. You’ll, therefore, need to baby-proof your own little Christmas grotto, which means arming yourself with a helpful checklist. You’ll find a whole bunch of Christmas safety checklists and guides online – feel free to print one out if you prefer.
Soak it All Up
Last but not least, you only get one try at baby’s first Christmas, so you might as well enjoy it for what it is. Chances are, it’s going to be chaotic, messy, tiring, and tricky. It’s also likely to come and go at the snap of a finger. However crazy things become, you’ll be looking back on baby’s first Christmas a few years from now and wishing you could do it all over again. Soak up every moment and embrace the madness – it’s a genuine once in a lifetime experience!
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