Baby’s First Thanksgiving: Photo Ops

Baby’s First Thanksgiving: Photo OpsEvery “first” in the first year is an exciting milestone for new parents. And if you’re like most, you’re going to want to have your camera ready for photo ops. If your baby’s first Thanksgiving is coming up, check out these adorable photo ops you won’t want to miss.

Dressed Turkey

Your little gobbler is sure to look absolutely adorable in baby’s first Thanksgiving outfit. Whether it’s an ironic bodysuit, pilgrim costume, colorful tutu, suit and tie, or custom t-shirt, be sure to snap “gobs” of pictures in the outfit you’ve selected.

Family Fun

For many families, holidays like baby’s first Thanksgiving are met with new introductions to many members of the family tree. Taking photos of family fun and meaningful multi-generational shots of baby, parents, grandparents and (for those lucky enough) great-grandparents is a wonderful way to commemorate the holiday.

Pucker Up

Is your baby trying a new food during your Thanksgiving meal? If so, have your camera ready to capture the moment the turkey, cranberries or pumpkin pie meets the taste buds. It could be an uproarious scene that you’re going to want to a picture of.

Hats Off

Pilgrim top hat, knitted turkey cap, pumpkin topper or a colorful fall-themed ribbons and bows headband are all cute adornments for your baby’s head. Of course you’ll need lots of pictures of baby in hats or headbands to remember baby’s first Thanksgiving.

Rolling in Fall

Spend some time outdoors enjoying the beautiful fall weather. Let your baby explore the scenery and changing leaf colors down on the ground. Leaf photos are usually vibrant and with the addition of your baby they’ll also be cute as a button.

Pumpkin in a Pumpkin

For those who are carving up their own pumpkins for fresh pumpkin pies and pumpkin bread, give the pumpkin an extra scraping to make a fun seat for your little love. You can place your smaller baby in the hollowed pumpkin, or for babies who can sit upright, cut out leg holes for your photo op. She’ll probably love sitting in her cool new orange gourd chair.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! We wish you many wonderful memories and photo ops of baby’s first Thanksgiving!

Reasons to Give Thanks for Baby’s First Year

As a mom to a baby there’s a host of all new things to be grateful for this year. Raising a child can be trying, especially in the first years of infancy and toddlerhood. Despite the temporary struggles, babies bring so much joy into a home. Today we’re sharing our list of reasons to give thanks for baby’s first year.

Health: Health probably tops the list of reasons to give thanks for baby’s first year. Perhaps you’ve had some bumps in the road – a difficult birth, colic in the first few months, several ear infections – but children are resilient. A child’s lifelong journey to good health begins with the wonderful breast milk you are providing. There is no greater gift than health and a healthy start through breastfeeding is one that comes directly from the heart.

Reasons to Give Thanks for Baby’s First YearBonding: Spending cuddly loving moments with your baby is just about the best part of being a new parent. Your baby depends on you for everything and precious bonding during this critical period of emotional growth and security helps ensure a strong relationship throughout your child’s life. When your baby becomes more mobile as a toddler, eventually heads off to school, and then grows into an adolescent, these baby bonding days will be cherished times and the fondest memories.

Firsts: Your baby has accomplished so much in the first year as she becomes aware of the sights, sounds, people, tastes and objects around her. You’ve probably seen your baby roll, sit up, crawl and cut a few teeth by the end of her first year. She’s surely tasted several foods and may be popping out some words already. Plus she’s keenly aware of her family unit and is expressing thoughts and feelings in her own unique way. These amazing firsts in your baby’s development are a fantastic reason to be thankful this year.

Smiles: Nothing melts your heart like your baby’s smile. In the first year you’ve seen her mouth go from a subtle curl to full-out laughter as she spreads joy through her beaming smile. You may work hard for those smiles, doing silly things or just being present with your baby, so go ahead and give thanks for those toothy or toothless grins.

Curiosity: Seeing the world through your baby’s eyes can make you see the wonderment of it all. Your baby’s innocent curiosity is one of her most sacred traits and one to be thankful for every time you witness it. This is how your baby will experience and learn about her environment and grow into the incredible person she’s destined to be.

Personal Growth: As a new parent you’re adding a new role to your resume, or as a veteran parent with a new baby you’ve promoted your responsibilities. Having a baby offers personal growth in many areas, from multi-tasking and learning the best ways to parent, to overcoming challenges and navigating changing family dynamics. While personal growth may be a struggle at times, especially when you’re lacking sleep, it can make you a more compassionate, patient, loving person in the end.

Fulfillment: Adding a tiny person to your family brings a sense of fulfillment to your life. Children offer meaning to your life like nothing else in the world. When you feel full of happiness and pride in your family, it’s a fantastic reason to be thankful.

What reasons to give thanks for baby’s first year are you celebrating this Thanksgiving?

What to Expect from your Baby’s First Thanksgiving Part 2

What to Expect from your Baby’s First Thanksgiving Part 2We’re back with part 2 on what to expect from your baby’s first Thanksgiving. We’ve already talked about covering your baby’s basic needs – food, sleep and supplies. Today we’re diving deeper into tips for situations that may arise during your holiday so it can be an enjoyable experience for everyone.

Tip #5: Separation Anxiety and Stranger Danger

Separation anxiety is a typical part of infancy. Being in a new environment and around many people, some of them complete strangers, may amplify your baby’s attachment to you during the holiday. As much as you may want a moment to visit with guests and want them to experience your baby up-close and personal, don’t force your baby to go to others if it upsets her. Ask friends and family to give her space if she’s having a hard time adjusting. This is probably not the right time to push your baby to break through separation anxiety.

Tip #6: Watch for Hazards

Being in a new environment for your Thanksgiving gathering may present some hazards for your baby. First, it’s important to keep a close eye on your baby, especially if she’s crawling, cruising or walking.  Avoid areas with drapes, tablecloths, fireplaces, candles or breakables that your baby could pull down. Look out for cabinets with dangerous substances that your baby may be able to open and small objects that could be choking hazards. Watch pets closely as they may be especially interested in your little one.

If you are a house guest, bring along a few supplies to help keep your baby safe such as outlet covers, soft corners for low tables and some cabinet latches. Distraction is also a great method to avoid safety issues. Offer enticing toys in a safe space to hold your baby’s interest and keep her away for danger.  Consider bringing a portable play pin as a self-contained safe space for your baby.

Tip #7: Know your Baby

You know your baby best. Stay vigilant of triggers that you know will upset your baby, such as loud noises or too much chaos. Also, have some tricks up your sleeve to help soothe your baby if she gets upset. Changing the environment can help too. Allow her ro catch her breath by walking outside or going into a quiet room for a few minutes if necessary. You can bring along a few new toys to distract and capture her attention as well.

Tip #8: Take Pictures

In the excitement of the holiday don’t forget to take lots of pictures of your baby’s first Thanksgiving. These will be wonderful keepsakes for years to come and ones that your baby will want to see when she’s older.

Tip #9: Stay Calm and Be Grateful

Your baby feeds off of your emotions, attitude and demeanor. Holidays can be particularly trying times with lots of family around. If you are stressed, your baby will pick up on it and this could set her off too. Do your best to roll with the punches. If grandparents have criticisms or if family strife comes to a head, take the high road and avoid conflict. This year, you have even more reason to keep the peace, stay calm, and be grateful for our beautiful new baby.

We hope these tips help you navigate what to expect from your baby’s first Thanksgiving. From our family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!

Sources: Metro Parent Magazine and Incredible Infant

What to Expect from your Baby’s First Thanksgiving Part 1

This Thanksgiving may be the first holiday with your new little love or you may have a few under your belt already. Either way, it’s good to know what to expect from your baby’s first Thanksgiving and be prepared to handle almost anything that the holiday may have in store. From grandparents to tantrums, this week we’re offering some helpful tips on what to expect from your baby’s first Thanksgiving.

What to Expect from your Baby’s First Thanksgiving Part 1Tip #1: Rest Up

Do your best to ensure your baby has ample opportunity to sleep before the big gathering. After all, she’s probably happiest when she is rested. If you’re traveling and on a different time zone, allow your baby to catch naps when she can, even if you’re breaking some of your own rules about where and when she sleeps. Holidays and vacations are cause for some rule-breaking anyways. Remember, you’re on vacation too so sleep when your baby sleeps so you will be fresh and ready for a fun family holiday too.

Tip #2:  Limit Contact

To the extent possible, most healthcare providers recommend keeping newborns home and away from potential pathogens. On Thanksgiving and other holidays, staying home may not be possible. Or you may be inviting others – including their germs – into your home. Ask guests to wash their hands before holding or touching your baby, or ask them to look and be expressive without touching your baby at all, especially those who may already be under the weather. Wash your baby’s hands periodically since she’s likely to put them in her mouth or rub her face.

Tip #3: Gobble Gobble

Just like you, your baby may get grumpy if she’s not well-fed. Unlike you, she doesn’t need to save her calories for the big meal. Be sure to feed her adequately throughout the day and perhaps right before your Thanksgiving festivities to help her put her best baby foot forward.

If you will be nursing around family and friends, be prepared for unsolicited comments from those who aren’t supporters. Rather than being adversarial, have a rehearsed response about the incredible benefits of breastfeeding to give your baby the best start in life. It’s hard to argue with a healthy habit.

Also, if your baby has started solids, bring your own food to ensure she has plenty to eat that suits her needs and taste buds. Even if she’s tried many of the foods on your Thanksgiving table, guests may prepare them differently. Watch out for ingredients your baby should not have, such as hot spices or honey. If you do feed your baby from the table, ensure the food you offer is not a choking hazard.

Tip #4: Bring Your Gear

Thanksgiving is the perfect time to over-pack for your baby. You need to be prepared for many contingencies so stuff your bags full to ensure you have what your baby needs. Think through all categories: diaper changing supplies; outfit changes for baby and you; feeding supplies including a portable high chair, baby spoons and cups; toys and books; special soothing items like blankees and pacifiers. Who cares if your host thinks you are moving-in. Having supplies to keep your baby happy is worth a little teasing.

Later this week we’ll share even more tips to help you prepare and know what to expect from baby’s first Thanksgiving. Stay tuned!

Sources: Metro Parent Magazine and Incredible Infant