The holidays are just around the corner. As exciting as this time of year is, it can be overwhelming with a new baby in the midst. Taking care of your little one while buying presents and planning get-togethers doesn’t have to be stressful, though. Use these tips for celebrating the holidays with a baby to take care of your family, set your boundaries, and spend the season cherishing what matters most.
Make Your Own Traditions
There’s never a wrong time to make new traditions. Of course, there are some practices you’ll never want to let go of no matter how old you are or who you’re spending the holidays with. That said, starting your own family is the perfect time to forge new traditions.
You can try a few different things, like reading Christmas stories to your baby or visiting Santa. Alternatively, just go with the flow and see what happens this season. If you find something you all enjoyed, do it again next year and make it a family tradition. For local Holiday traditions you may like click here.
Make Meals Special for Everyone
You might not be cooking a magnificent feast, but you can still make your holiday meals memorable for everyone. Take the time to sit around the table as a family. If your baby is old enough to try solid foods, offer them some seasonal purees and finger foods. Mashed sweet potatoes are some of the best finger foods to give your little one. You can also try shredded turkey, gravy, or stuffing. Just make sure the foods you give your baby are unseasoned and have little to no salt.
Keep Up With Nap Times
The holidays have a way of mixing up our routines, but don’t let your baby’s schedule change too much. Maintaining a regular sleep schedule is one of the most important tips for celebrating the holidays with a baby. Your little one needs rest (even more than you do), and a change in the routine can stress them out. Avoid meltdowns by sticking to your usual nap times and sleep schedule as much as possible.
Go As Big (or As Small) As You Want
For some people, the holidays mean going all out. While this can be fun most years, it can get exhausting with a baby around. Make plans to suit your energy levels and free time. Don’t burn yourself out doing everything this holiday season. The time can still be special even if you’re just having quiet gatherings with a few cherished loved ones.
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