Merry Christmas! 2020 hasn't been a fun year for a lot of people. This Christmas season is the perfect excuse to end it in style!
If it's your little one's first Christmas, you have even more reason to be excited about the season of cheer! Can you feel the excitement in the air? I bet you can almost feel it in your bones that it's going to be a very special Christmas this year.
As the decorations start to go up and the Christmas carols start to get sung, you are probably racking your brain trying to figure out what you can do to make Christmas day more memorable for your little one. Well, you don't need to worry about that anymore, because here are some wonderful tips that will help you celebrate your baby's first Christmas in style!
1. Plan for the holidays carefully
The first thing you want to do is sit down with your partner and come up with your game plan of how you want the holidays to go.
Answer all the basic questions that come up this time of the year: Who's buying what gifts? Where are you spending Christmas this year? Are you going to split the other holidays between your two families?
Remember, you have a baby now that a lot of people are excited to meet. This means whether you like it or not, there are going to be some disappointed family members. Split the holidays with your partner early enough and let everyone know about your decision. It will save you guys a lot of potential friction.
Sitting down with your partner is also important when it comes to your Christmas plans for your little on. Bounce your ideas off each other and come up with the best game plan to make this Christmas a fun experience for everyone.
2. Pay attention
Your baby's first Christmas can be a very busy time. It is easy to get carried away with what needs to get done and deadlines and things like that, which can make you forget what's most important: your baby.
Do not forget to take some time out of your busy schedule every once in a while to spend some time with your baby. They thrive on attention from you, so let them have it as much as you can.
If you are visiting friends or family, you can enlist your partner's help to give you the chance to socialize. Seeing a familiar face every once in a while will put them at ease and calm them down, which is essential if you intend to have a good time.
3. Head out to the mall
One of the things on your baby's first Christmas checklist is probably getting a picture with Santa. Visiting the mall is the most convenient way to get those adorable pictures.
Before their first birthday, babies don't have stranger anxiety yet. This means you'll probably get a smile or a laugh when they sit on Santa's lap!
Another great reason for visiting the mall is that it allows you to get up to date with your Christmas outfit shopping. There will be lots of Christmas themed outfits on offer, so be sure to check them out!
Alternatively, if you do not have the mental capacity to deal with the stress and chaos that comes with shopping during the Christmas season, do it online instead. You'll get lots of adorable options at a fraction of the price!
4. Do not ignore your baby's routine
Christmas is so exciting! They don't need to nap through it, do they? Well, they do! If it's part of your baby's daily routine (as it should be), do not ignore it.
It is easy to forget that your baby is a tiny growing human that needs to sleep when everyone is so excited around them. When you ignore their routine, you are setting yourself up to have a fussy, crying baby that is no fun to be around. To make things worse, they'll ruin all the photos!
So take it easy a little. When it's time for them to go down for a nap, make sure they do so, no matter what your mother-in-law says in protest! It's the best thing for everyone!
5. Get that perfect Christmas outfit for them
What makes the perfect Christmas outfit? Well, it depends. For your little one's first Christmas, as long as it is something cute and comfy, it'll do. It's when they start having their own preferences and making demands that you can be stressed about their clothes and whether or not they'll like them.
That said, Christmas isn't Christmas without a new outfit to go with the festivities. You can't go wrong with holiday-themed outfits, though.
From onesies to pajamas to pants to bibs and socks, there's no shortage of outfit options to choose from. You can get them with Christmas designs or in Christmas colors. And don't forget to also get a pair of comfy baby shoes to complete the look you choose to go for!
6. How about making your own Christmas card?
Since this is a very special Christmas, consider making and sending out your own Christmas cards this year.
This is a great way to show off the new addition to the family. So dress them up in a cute outfit like this Christmas-themed romper, then sit them down next to a bunch of ornaments or something and you'll have yourself a winning Christmas card photo!
Is your little one too young to play alone? Here's an idea: why don't you lay them down on a blanket like this one, scatter a few gift wraps around, and capture that adorable smile?
When you have that perfect photo, plug it into a holiday card maker website like Smilebox and let it do all the hard work to come up with that perfect card in just a few clicks!
Christmas is a time of joy, cheer, and giving, With your little bundle of joy, you have even more reasons to celebrate this year. As an unprecedented year comes to a close, take this opportunity to create wonderful memories and start traditions that will see even better ones down the road.
If you follow the tips outlined here, this Christmas should be a lot of fun for you and your little one. Remember, the idea is to just go with the flow and have fun. That's all that really matters in the end. Merry Christmas!