The Lifelong Impact of your Baby’s Birthday

The Lifelong Impact of your Baby’s BirthdayThe time of year when your baby is born may not seem significant but scientists now believe that it plays a pretty large role in who your child will become. The lifelong impact of your baby’s birthday extends beyond whether she has a summer swimming birthday party or a winter indoor playground birthday party. From behavioral tendencies and mental illnesses, to intelligence and success, the time of year your baby is born might very well make a difference.

Here’s the scoop on the lifelong impact of your baby’s birthday:

The scientific evidence behind the lifelong impact of your baby’s birthday has nothing to do with astrology and everything to do with what you were exposed to in your mother’s womb and as a baby. Even with so much emphasis placed on prenatal care, there are some aspects of seasonal pregnancies that can’t be controlled.

In general, research indicates that there’s a lot riding on your baby’s birthday season. The findings may not hold true for each and every person, but statistically speaking this is what studies show:

Winter Babies: Winter may be the hardest birth season for babies. This group is most likely to have mental disorders possibly because mothers of winter babies rounded out their pregnancies during colder months of less sunlight. Once the babies were born, they probably didn’t spend as much time outdoors due to chilly weather, and even if they did they had less sun exposure. This can potentially contribute to neurological disorders and possibly brain degenerative disorders as well.

To top it off, winter babies tend to have more allergies including food-related allergies and asthma. And their bones are weaker. However, some studies show winter babies are more creative problem-solvers, more intelligent and are better behaved.

Spring Babies: Contrary to winter babies, spring babies have many favorable attributes. They are known for their hyperthymic temperaments which is another way to say they have a positive outlook thanks to higher levels of neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin. Additionally, spring babies might have less risk of asthma and ADHD.

But it’s not all sunflowers and roses for babies born in spring. Environmental factors may cause an increase in heart problems and diabetes among spring babies. Plus, sometimes the highs of being extremely optimistic come crashing down leading to major mood swings and depression.

Summer Babies: Summer babies carry similar optimism to spring babies although maybe not to the same extent. Perhaps this is why they are less likely to be depressed or have mental disorders than babies born in colder months.

Summer babies are usually the youngest in the class so they tend to be less academically successful and have more behavioral problems. They also have lower than average birth weights and may be clumsy. One study showed summer babies are more likely to have vision problems.

Fall Babies: Fall babies are perhaps the most balanced of all. They’ve had the benefit of sunlight both in the womb and once they were born and are not subject to harsh seasonal weather as their introduction to the world. Babies born in fall have longevity on their side too – they tend to live the longest. And they are quite athletic thanks to strong bones and great height, and they are usually academically successful, maybe because they are among the oldest in their class. However, fall babies may be more irritable and likely to have allergies include asthma and food allergies.

Sources: CafeMom, Time Magazine, Business Insider, Health and SheKnows

New Year’s Resolution for Moms: Deep Breaths

New Year’s Resolution for Moms: Deep BreathsThis New Year, rather than a list of resolutions that, statistically speaking, you’re probably not going to live up to, why not make one meaningful resolution that you can probably keep, or at least remember it. Deep Breaths. That’s it, that’s the New Year’s resolution for moms that may actually improve your year.

Here’s why the New Year’s resolution for moms to take deep breaths is so important:

Taking deep breaths actually makes your body better and when that happens, you’re a stronger mom. Breathing deeply – the kind that fills and empties your lunges and makes your belly rise – promotes a full exchange of oxygen, which our bodies need for survival, with carbon dioxide, a waste product we want to release.

As blood becomes oxygenated, it energizes every ounce of your body, allowing your cells, tissues, organs and systems to work better for you. Deep breaths especially encourage detoxification through the lymphatic system thereby reducing toxic burden within your body. Of course the natural rhythm of your heartbeat and blood pressure levels stabilize through deep breathing too.

Beyond these incredible biological benefits, there’s another reason you feel better after taking a few deep breaths. You’re releasing endorphins, those incredible “feel good” neurotransmitters that have a positive effect on mental health and emotional well-being. You can trigger endorphins in many ways – exercise, sex, chocolate, music, laughter – but breathing deeply is about as easy as it gets.

Deep breaths also help you stay calm. You’ve heard the advice to take deep breaths and count to five before responding to something stressful. That’s because allowing your body to cool off, even for this short amount of time, will help you better cope with the situation. Whether it’s a fussy baby, diaper blow-out, unruly toddler, frustration with your spouse, traffic, work problem or anything else, a few deep breaths can keep you level-headed and ready to face the issue with clarity and patience.

New Year’s Resolution for Moms: Deep BreathsWomen in particular have trouble taking deep breaths. It may be because women are trained to suck-in to look thinner with flat stomachs. Short chest breathing then becomes a trained behavior and increases tension and anxiety.  As a mom, it’s time to let go of your perfect belly body image and breathe deeply for a more peaceful state.

As if all of these scientific reasons for deep breaths aren’t enough, take this one to heart: now is the time to breathe in your baby. She will grow up so fast – too fast according to most parents. Wherever you are – a happy stage or a frustrating one – breathe in the moment and let it fill you up so you never forget it. These are the memories you’ll want to savor forever.

Happy New Year! We wish you one filled with many deep breaths!

Sources: Medicine Net, Reader’s Digest, Living the Nourished Life and Harvard Health

How to Survive a Winter Pregnancy: Part 2

How to Survive a Winter Pregnancy: Part 2It can be hard to stay comfortable and safe when it’s cold outside, dry inside and you can’t go about your normal routine – well, as normal as you can be during pregnancy anyways. We’re helping with tips on how to survive a winter pregnancy.

Yesterday we shared how to dress for the weather and outdoor safety. Today we’re focusing on working around the dry air and keeping yourself healthy and happy during a winter pregnancy.

Combating Indoor Dry Air

When it’s extra cold outside, everyone is pumping up the heat inside. With little moisture in the air, dry air is being re-circulated indoors where you are spending most of your time. Combat indoor dry air with these tips:

Drink More Water: Just like mid-summer pregnancies, mid-winter pregnancies require extra hydration. Dry air, hormones and sweating from going inside and outside all day can leave you dehydrated. During pregnancy, dehydration side-effects range from not feeling well, to preterm labor. So it’s a big deal to drink plenty of water. Try herbal teas, soups and hydrating fruits and vegetables as well.

Moisturize: Day and night, and sometimes in-between, use a natural moisturizer to hydrate your skin. Try to moisturize right after washing. Leave your face damp and add moisturizer on top to lock in extra hydration. If you plan to spend any time outdoors, be sure to wear an SPF moisturizer during the day, and cover your lips with an SPF lip balm. Also, avoid reitinol products during pregnancy.

Use a Humidfier at Night: Add some moisture back into the air by running a humidifier in your bedroom at night. This may help your respiratory system as well.

Protecting Yourself Against Illness

It’s every mom-to-be’s fear that she will become ill during pregnancy. It’s certainly no fun to be sick and your immune system may be slightly weaker at this time. Take these precautions to stay well:

Wash Hands Often: This simple act can prevent a great deal of germs and illness. Especially if you are in public places or touching communal objects (ATM buttons, money, door handles, etc…) washing is crucial to staying healthy this winter.

Get your Flu Shot: The CDC recommends a flu shot for everyone 6 months or older (unless they have a medical cause not to) including pregnant women. This can further protect you and your baby (both in the womb and when she’s born) from coming down with the flu.

Stress Less: Stress during pregnancy is unhealthy for you and your baby. Keep things low key to avoid stress. That may mean cutting back on responsibilities or asking for help.

Get Vitamin D: Vitamin D is an essential vitamin that we get mostly from the sun. If you’re not getting much sunlight this time of year, ask your doctor if you need a supplement.

Seek Help: Seasonal affective disorder can impact pregnant women. Coupled with hormones and anxiety during pregnancy, your mood may suffer, which can influence your physical health too. Talk to your doctor if you feel anxious or depressed.

Treat Sickness: Having a cold or the flu lingering in your body is not good for your baby. Visit your doctor if you have a persistent illness. Many medications are safe during pregnancy and your doctor will know which ones to prescribe or recommend.

Sleep: Wintertime can make you sleepy so take the cue and get some extra zzz’s while you can. It will give you more energy to stay healthy during the season.

Exercise: Walking outdoors may not be the best choice but you can continue a healthy workout by taking a prenatal fitness class. Instructors will guide you through safe exercises in the warmth and safety of the indoors.

We’re sending warmth, comfort and security your way as you survive a winter pregnancy!

Sources: Being the Parent, The Bump and Parents

How to Survive a Winter Pregnancy: Part 1

Freezing outdoor temperatures, dry indoor air, icy sidewalks, germs abounding – winter may feel like a dangerous time to be pregnant! We’re helping you survive a winter pregnancy so you can enjoy your journey into motherhood safely and at ease.

Today and tomorrow we are breaking down our tips and reminders to survive a winter pregnancy into four categories: Dressing for the Weather, Outdoor Safety, Combating Indoor Dry Air and Protecting Yourself Against Illness.

How to Survive a Winter Pregnancy: Part 1Dressing for the Weather

It’s good to get fresh air during pregnancy, but if it’s crazy cold where you live, try not to spend too much time outdoors. It can put your body in shock and risk complications for your baby. Walking too and from work or your car may be all the fresh air you need. When you are outside, follow these tips for dressing for the weather:

Layer-Up: It’s hard to predict your comfort level in different temperatures during pregnancy because you’re combating outdoor weather (potentially including snow, wind gusts and extremely low temperatures), indoor heat and your hormones.

Starting with a stretchy maternity to nursing tank top as your base, layer your outfits so stay warm and comfortable all day, indoors and out. Then add a short or long-sleeve top and a sweater. With at least three layers, you’re on your way to comfort in almost any setting.

Dress in Breathable Fabrics: You may find yourself sweating up a storm outdoors in 20 degree weather if you’re walking a lot and wearing many layers. Breathable fabrics will help you stay drier and more comfortable, plus they will give you stretch and room when and where you need it throughout pregnancy. Save the high fashion itchy wools and textured clothes for another time.

Invest in a Winter Coat: If you live in a very cold climate and you are pregnant in the thick of winter, invest in a winter coat that fits. It may seem like an unnecessary expense for such a short time but you must keep yourself warm if you’re spending time outdoors. Try to borrow a maternity coat from a friend or look for an oversized coat at a thrift store. Better yet, see if one of your husband’s coats will fit over your belly.

Wear Flat No-Slip Boots: Slippery surfaces can lead to nasty spills that may hurt you and your baby. Flat, no-slip boots will help you grip the ground and hopefully avoid this issue. That means no heels outdoors for awhile, moms-to-be.

Accessorize your Extremities: Gloves, scarves, hats and ear muffs are all in order to survive a winter pregnancy. If you have to walk in windy conditions, consider glasses and a mask or pulling your scarf around your mouth to cover as much of your face as possible.

Waterproof your Clothes: When walking in rain, snow, slush or ice you’ll want to wear waterproof coats, gloves, hats and boots to keep yourself dry and warm. If you stay in wet gear too long, your body temperature may begin to drop.

Outdoor Safety

Your body is a sacred temple right now. It’s essential you take precautions to avoid putting yourself and your baby in harm’s way.

Slippery Conditions: Beyond the shock of extreme temperatures, the risk of slipping on snow or ice is serious. Your body may be off-balance now that you’re carrying extra weight in the front. This displacement of your center of gravity may make you trip or fall under normal circumstances. Add ice or snow and it could be a recipe for disaster. Always yield caution when conditions may be slippery. If you feel unsafe, try to find a ride instead of walking outdoors.

Body Strain: Avoid shoveling and clearing snow. The twisting motion required for the job is not good for your back and abdomen. This is a great time to ask for help. Also, sports like skiing, snow shoeing and ice skating are out of the question.

Extreme Heat: As tempting as they may be, do not take super hot baths, dip in a hot tub or enter a sauna. These extreme heats are not good for your body during pregnancy.

We’ll see you back here tomorrow for more helpful tips on how to survive a winter pregnancy!

Sources: Being the Parent, The Bump and Parents

Snacks for Santa

Snacks for SantaSharing the magic of Christmas with little ones is often the highlight of the holiday season for many parents. The values of believing and dreaming dance across your children’s faces as they experience the wonders of the holidays. If one of your family’s traditions is to leave snacks for Santa, then you know the joy that making a tasty treat brings to your kids.

Today we’re sharing ideas for snacks for Santa so you can leave a scrumptious offering for jolly old St. Nick…or whoever may end up eating it in your house.

Cookies & Milk

The classic plate of cookies and milk is an oldie and a goodie. Traditionally gingerbread cookies with personal decorating touches are served but ornamental sugar cookies, chocolate chip cookies or any other flavor your family enjoys will also work beautifully.

Cheese & Crackers

For a saltier take on the bread and dairy combo, go for a nice cheese and cracker platter. Santa may enjoy a break from the sweets by the time he reaches your house.

Sandwich

Perhaps Santa will be in need of a more sustainable meal at some point along his journey. A hearty sandwich will do the trick. Encourage your kids to make it themselves and include something from every food group.

Hot Cocoa

Warm Santa with a delicious cup of hot cocoa topped with marshmallows of course.

Yogurt Covered Pretzels

Dipping and decorating pretzels is a fun family activity and something beautiful to leave for Santa Claus. Have a blast using colorful icing, sprinkles and candies on your creation.

Reindeer Snacks

Don’t forget to leave something for the reindeer too. Carrots, oats, water and reindeer chow (also known as puppy chow) are among the most popular foods to give reindeer energy to haul loads of toys all night long.

Across the Globe

Check out what children around the world traditionally leave for Santa on Christmas Eve:

  • France: biscuits
  • Australia: beer
  • Denmark: rice pudding
  • Chili: Viejo Pascuero (sponge cake)
  • England: mince pie
  • Sweden: coffee

Sources: Mother Nature Network, Cooking Light and Fox News

The Dos and Don’ts of Baby’s First Christmas

Sharing your first holiday season with your new baby is thrilling indeed. With family gatherings, sensory experiences, adorable outfits and holiday traditions abounding, baby’s first Christmas is sure to be extraordinary. Check out our dos and don’ts of baby’s first Christmas to ensure a wonderful time for all.

Do delight your baby’s senses with the sights, sounds, smells, flavors and textures of the season. From dazzling holiday lights and Christmas carols, to the scent of freshly baked cookies and the feel of Santa’s soft beard, let baby’s first Christmas be filled with sensory experiences that will amaze and engage her in every way.

Don’t miss great photo ops during baby’s first Christmas. Have your camera handy to capture your little one pawing at ornaments, squealing with amusement as she experiences holiday traditions, or spending quality time with loved ones.

The Dos and Don’ts of Baby’s First ChristmasDo dress your baby in adorable holiday outfits. Santa hats, reindeer antlers, elf costumes and snowman suits are all appropriate for the occasion. Nothing could be cuter than a sweet little baby dressed in holiday cheer.

Don’t stray too far from your consistent schedule. Your baby is sure to love the holiday season if you set her up for success. That means ensuring her feedings and sleep times are a priority and she has a good balance of stimulating play time and chill time. Overstimulation combined with exhaustion and being hungry is a recipe for a fussy baby.

Do make the most of having friends and family around to help. Whether you need a few hours to nap or wrap presents, or you want to get out for a night on the town with your husband, take advantage of having help already right in your home. The gift of time to relax, reconnect or be productive may be the best one you receive this season.

Don’t forget to take health precautions. Your little baby is susceptible to a lot more icky germs than you are so be sure to wash your hands and her hands frequently, and ensure anyone holding her does the same. While traveling or having house guests, wipe down floors and surfaces often to keep germs at bay.

Do initiate or continue family holiday traditions. Even if no other family is around, now is a great time to start or engage in traditions that will add meaning to your family for years to come. Holiday traditions can be as simple as baking cookies for Santa, reading holiday-themed books, collecting ornaments or getting a new pair of pajamas to wear on Christmas Eve.

Don’t let stress consume your holiday. As a new mom it’s hard not to feel overwhelmed sometimes, especially with the added pressure of the holiday season. Your baby will pick up on your stress and anxiety and may react to it. Stress can even lower your breast milk supply temporarily. When you feel stress building, try to relax and take deep breaths. Keep the reason for the season in mind and know that baby’s first Christmas will be magical even if it is not perfect.

Do have fun! Christmas should be a special time of fun, family and love. When you keep these values in mind and are a good role model, your baby will surely learn to share in these joys of the holiday season.

Sources: Red Triangle and Parenting

Preparing for the Holidays: Dreaded Questions for New Moms

Preparing for the Holidays: Dreaded Questions for New MomsVisiting with family and gathering with friends is a highlight for many of us during the holiday season. But when celebrations are wrought with hundreds of dreaded questions for new moms, it can wear on your nerves and send your stress levels through the roof.

We’ve prepared a list of potential dreaded questions for new moms that you could be asked by friends, family members and complete strangers during the holidays. Plus we have some tips on how to answer them like the graceful swan you are.

Can I Touch Your Belly?

There’s something about pregnant bellies that make people want to touch when they would never ask such a thing otherwise. Some moms-to-be are not into being touched in this way but others are open to it. Be honest and either politely decline or encourage a gentle rub.

When’s the Baby Due (when you’ve already had the baby)

If you haven’t heard, postpartum bellies may be flabby for awhile, or forever. As you are learning to accept your postpartum body, it can add insult to injury if someone asks you when your baby is due and you’ve already given birth. Even if the comment hurts your feelings, the best way to handle it is to explain you’ve recently had your baby and you’re embracing your new shape. Trust us, the person will feel mortified for asking the question so you needn’t make them feel any worse.

Why are You Breastfeeding Right Here?

Many people have strong opinions about breastfeeding in public. Never let anyone shame you, whether it’s a family member or a rude passerby. Your response can be simple, “I’m feeding my baby because she’s hungry.” You have every right to breastfeed anywhere at any time so hold your head high and be the awesome mom you are.

How Long Do You Plan to Breastfeed?

This nosey question often comes up from people who are unfamiliar with the amazing joy and bond that breastfeeding creates, not to mention the incredible nourishment and benefits it provides for both your baby and yourself. To this question you can say you’re going to breastfeed as long as it’s mutually agreeable to the two people involved.

Why Don’t You Do it This Way?

Older generations are especially keen on offering unsolicited advice about child-rearing. It’s great to learn from more experienced family members but sometimes it can be annoying and unwelcome. If the inquisition continues after a few nods or grateful yet dismissive comments, have a line prepared such as, “isn’t it amazing how things have changed since you raised kids? I feel so lucky to have the option to do things my way.” If you need a more direct approach you can say, “you’ve had your turn, now it’s my turn to raise these children. Thanks for your advice.”

When Will You Have Another?

Your family planning is really no one else’s business so feel free to diffuse the question by saying, “I don’t know,” “when I’m ready,” “I’ve got my hands full right now,” or “we’ll see what the future holds.” These usually do the trick to avoid prying friends and relatives.

Should You Really be Eating That?

In a world obsessed with “bouncing back” after pregnancy, some people in your circle may be judgmental of your postpartum diet. Of course they should mind their business and their manners but you can let them know you’re an adult and entitled to make your own decisions about your health. Breastfeeding moms especially need extra calories so you can make it clear you’re supporting your strength to breastfeed and be a loving caregiver to your baby.

Ways to Embrace Winter Weather with a Baby

Ways to Embrace Winter Weather with a BabyYour mom might have warned you not to play outdoors in the cold but now we know that kids need fresh air, exercise and freedom even when it’s chilly out. Today we’re helping you embrace winter weather with a baby so you both enjoy the season and stay safe.

Playing outside during a blizzard or when it’s well below freezing may not be the best idea, but a gentle breeze and a few snowflakes shouldn’t deter you from some winter fun outside. In fact, getting some fresh air may help your baby. Most of us tend to stay inside where the air is dry during the winter, which can wreak havoc on a baby’s sensitive skin. Also, germs re-circulate indoors, especially in public spaces or childcare facilities.

Going outside in the wintertime with your baby just takes a few safety measures. Babies under six months of age have a hard time regulating their temperatures and like us, they lose heat through their heads. Therefore, dress your baby in several warm layers and always put on a winter hat. Children 12 months or older should be dressed in the same number of layers you would wear comfortably outside.

Be sure to protect your baby’s hands and feet too. Warm gloves, socks and shoes are in order for outdoor play. Once your baby is walking, waterproof shoes are best for snowy weather and rain.

Stepping outside for a few 15-20 minutes play sessions is ideal when it is cold. Your little one can enjoy the freedom to explore without getting too chilly. Once you come inside, dry off and warm up immediately.

Blue lips or paleness of the ears, fingertips and nose are signs that your baby is too cold. You may have overdone it on the layers if your baby starts sweating or breaks out in a heat rash on her chest.

Ways to Embrace Winter Weather with a BabyMake the most of your outdoor time by embracing the season. Make piles of twigs, pinecones and acorns. Build with the snow or lie in it to make snow angels. Watch your breath in the cold air. Feel the wind dance in your hair. These are wonderful sensory activities for your baby during wintertime outings.

If solids are already on the menu, embrace winter weather with your baby by trying new seasonal foods like pureed or clear-broth soups, roasted vegetables and warm hearty whole grains.

At nighttime, keep it safe in your baby’s crib. It’s tempting to cover your baby with a warm blanket but adding anything to the sleep setting increases risk of SIDS. Instead, dress your baby in warm pajamas with feet or add socks. Put your baby in a sleep sack if you think she may need extra warmth.

Embrace winter weather with your baby but play it safe as well. Enjoy this wondrous season and many more to come!

Sources: Parents and CNN

STEM Toys for Babies

Almost every object imaginable is a learning tool for your baby but with the emergence of an emphasis on STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Math – kids are learning in new and exciting ways. STEM toys for babies, many of which are great for other concepts as well, can help your little one develop these valuable skills and a love for critical thinking.

Experts agree that no one is too young to explore STEM toys but you should keep a few things in mind when shopping for your baby and other children as well: STEM toys should be interactive, age appropriate for your child, and stimulate their individual interests.

This holiday season, consider these STEM toys for babies:STEM Toys for Babies

Stackable Toys: Those classic stacking rings and cups are beautiful STEM toys for babies. While your baby may first enjoy touching and chewing on them, eventually she will understand that they belong in a certain order and will learn to stack them properly time and time again.

Blocks: Age-old blocks are the original STEM toys for babies. Now there are hundreds (possibly thousands) of types of blocks ranging from soft to super high-tech. For babies, simple varieties for stacking, building and sorting are best. Blocks with interesting colors and pictures may make them more fun. As your baby gets older, introduce connecting blocks. Eventually working up to building more elaborate structures and adding electronics to the mix will be appropriate.

STEM Toys for BabiesConnectors: Blocks have evolved into many other toys where young minds can connect pieces using a variety of different pieces. From mechanical concepts that use screws and bolts, to snapping shapes, gears, pipes and joints, connectors are a fun way for babies to explore how pieces fit together.

Kiddie Cash Registers: This fun and interactive toy allows kids to swipe items and insert fake money while learning matching, following directions and basic number concepts. Plus this type of “playing with your food” is a lot less messy!

Puzzles: Basic puzzles with large wooden or foam pieces are excellent for developing a STEM-oriented mind. With the problem or task set before her, your little one has to make predictions and calculations about which pieces go where. At first it will be trial and error but eventually she will wrap her brain around it and know exactly how to solve the puzzle.

Sources: The Bump, PopSugar and Time

Holiday Traditions to Start with Your Baby

Holiday Traditions to Start with Your Baby

Holiday traditions are a wonderful way to add meaning and joy to the season. You probably grew up with a few and so did your hubby. Now that you have your own family there are tons of special holiday traditions to start with your baby. We’re sharing a few of our favorite ideas to get you in the spirit:

 

 

Share a Keepsake

Each year of your baby’s life brings new and exciting milestones. Commemorate the years with a keepsake collection that will grow along with your baby. Items may include ornaments, snow globes, angels, stuffed animals, dolls or other collectables. Be sure to date each one so you and your little one can look back at the treasures in years to come.

Cruise Holiday Lights

Babies, children and adults alike enjoy beautiful holiday lights. Take a scenic joy ride to view some of the best light displays in your area. Bright and colorful twinkles along with elaborate scenes will surely dazzle your little one.

Bake Together

Even the littlest family members can help bake delicious holiday treats if you prepare in advance. Pre-measure ingredients and let your baby help you pour them into a big bowl. Then let her stir up the mixture. While you’re putting on the finishing touches and popping your scrumptious dessert in the oven, secure your baby in her high chair with some fun cooking scraps and utensils.

Read a Holiday Story

Select a book that is meaningful to your family’s holiday season and make a point to read it each year. At the beginning it may be too advanced for your baby and by the time your kids are teenagers they may roll their eyes at it. But this tradition of reading together symbolizes togetherness and enrichment for your family.

Build a Gingerbread House

Engineering and food meet when you engage the entire family in a gingerbread house construction project. Consider non-traditional designs that allow your baby to get creative with icing and candies. But do be careful about small pieces that may be choking hazards.

Send a Holiday Card

Surely you’re not shy about sharing photos of your adorable baby. Sending a holiday card is one of the most acceptable ways to show off your baby’s undeniable cuteness while also sharing holiday greetings with loved ones.

Deliver Holiday Cheer

Involve your baby in delivering holiday cheer to friends, family, neighbors and community helpers. Little ones are excellent at sorting and putting items into bags or containers. This is an early stage of teaching your children the value of giving.

Incorporate Your Family Traditions

You and your husband likely each have fond memories of holiday traditions from your childhoods. Select one or two from each of your families and incorporate them into your holiday season, especially if they have historical or cultural significance to your heritage.

Holiday traditions to start with your baby should be personal and meaningful. We wish you a warm, festive and special holiday season!

Sources: Everyday Family, PopSugar, Parents and Parenting