4 Tips For Celebrating Baby’s First Holiday Season
By Brandi Jeter Riley, who is a paid spokesperson for HEALTHY ESSENTIALS®
I love the holidays. From the sparkling lights to the festive mood that's felt everywhere we go, it's such a sweet time of year. Having a baby during the holiday season makes this time of year more special for me and my family. Watching my daughter see the lighted tree for the first time as a baby many years ago is one of my favorite memories. Even as she gets older, the holidays are still magical for her, and I'm so thankful to be able to experience it all over again this year with my new baby boy.
Things can get pretty busy around now, but when you have a baby, it's important to slow down a bit. While you do want your little one to have a good time, you also want them to stay safe and be comfortable. Here are four important tips to keep in mind for your baby's first holiday.
1. Pace yourself.
As tempting as it is to want to introduce your little person to all of the holiday fun at one time, babies get tired. You don't have to take them to all of the attractions or give them all of the experiences right now. Everything about the season is new to your baby, so they're going to be engaged and have a good time regardless of if you go to two places or twenty. By pacing yourself, you won't have to worry about your baby getting cranky because you keep pulling them out of the car, or they're being overstimulated.
2. Watch out for overstimulation.
There is a lot to see during the holidays. Between the decorations and lights and all of the people, your baby could get overstimulated. If they seem extra cranky or are showing signs of distress, it might be time to find a space where you can calm them down. Find a quiet corner with a dim light. Put a light muslin blanket over their stroller to dim the lights a bit, or head home and let baby get some rest. An overstimulated baby is not having fun!
3. Be aware of safety hazards.
It’s not hard to imagine baby trying to pull themselves up on the Christmas tree and the entire thing falling on top of them, or grabbing an ornament and putting it in their mouth, or reaching for food they might be allergic to. There's so much going on this time of year that it's important to keep your eyes on your baby at all times, especially when you're visiting someone else's house. The holidays are merrier when baby is safe and sound!
Believe it or not, your baby can pick up on your energy, so make sure to find time to relax during the holiday season. Every activity you do with your family doesn't have to be high profile. Staying at home listening to cheerful music and letting your baby play in cookie dough will be just as enchanting for them as going to a crowded local attraction. Enjoy baby's first holiday, and don't get sucked into the chaos! Those special quiet moments between you and baby are often the best ones.
Brandi Jeter Riley is a paid spokesperson for HEALTHY ESSENTIALS®