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