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