Christmas is often a time for being with your family, and having a new addition to the family makes it even more special. But it can be really tiring for new parents too. If you’re feeling daunted by the prospect of juggling a tiny tot and a turkey, here are some tips we’ve put together to help you make the day one to remember.
- Presents from your child make heartwarming gifts for your family. Have some lovely photos printed and framed, or press their hand- or footprints onto keepsake plates or jewellery.
- Take them to choose their own Christmas decoration for the tree, and take a photo in the shop. It’ll be a tradition you can do together every year, and they’ll enjoy seeing their sparkly collection grow.
- Remember you don’t need to spend too much just because it’s their first Christmas. In a few years they’ll have a wishlist of expensive toys, so for now it’s ok to focus on one or two things they need.
- Baby-proof your decorations. Your house is not just an adult zone any more, so you might need to change the way you deck your halls. Low-hanging baubles or dishes of sweets or nuts are tempting for babies, so put everything out of their reach.
On Christmas Day:
- Take lots of photos! From your little one asleep on Daddy (complete with cracker hat) after dinner, to the mountain of wrapping paper and toothy smiles when the presents get opened. The day will pass quickly, so be sure to get the camera out.
- Don’t miss out on naps. The last thing you want is for them to get overtired so make sure they have a nap, which will give you and your partner a bit of time to relax and enjoy the festivities.
- Make up your baby’s food in advance. The kitchen will be busy and it’s easy to get distracted with so much going on, so make sure bottles or lunch are ready to grab.
- If you’re spending the day at someone else’s house, take your baby’s pyjamas and try to keep their routine as close to normal as possible.
- Laugh at the mishaps. Pureed carrots all over your sparkly Christmas jumper? Baby bursting into tears when Uncle John dresses up as Father Christmas? Smile. It’ll be a funny story next year.
- Spend the day with your family if you can, and don’t try to do everything - let them help. Everyone will be eager to hold the baby, so enjoy letting your little one bond with the people they might not see all the time.
- Have a little photobook printed with the highlights of the day. It’ll be a lovely way to get into the festive mood next year by looking through it together.
- Send thank you notes. Your baby will have been given some lovely presents, and it’s nice to let people know they were appreciated with a short note or photo of them wearing or using the gift. It’s a good habit to get your child into, and it’s nice to spend the time reflecting on how much you are all loved.