Having a baby really puts a new spin on the Christmas period.
- As hard as it is, try to factor in nap and bed times when making plans. Relatives will say things like “ah it’s Christmas” in the hopes that they can stay awake longer. Naturally they want to spend as much time as possible with them on this special day which is lovely. However, what is not so lovely is the knock on affect that a day like that could have on your baby. Not allowing proper naps and deviating too much from their usual routine can knock them for six. This in turn might make the other days of Christmas a total disaster. I speak from experience.
- Dress them in some kind of adorable Christmas themed sleep-suit or outfit, and remember that if it wasn’t photographed twenty times then it didn’t happen. Standard.
- A gentle reminder that a hangover with a baby is not a fun time. Perhaps take turns over the festive period so that one parent can let their hair down while the other is a bit more on the sensible side. It will be worth it and fair is fair.
- Pack plenty of snacks for throughout the day if you are visiting friends or relatives. If your baby is eating solids it will make life easier and prevent you from going for unhealthier snacks which may have an adverse affect on them.
- Enjoy the Christmas tree in all it’s glory. Next year you will have a destructive toddler whose mission in life will be to climb, destroy and break every inch of it.
- It is a personal choice as to how much we all can and wish to spend on our children at Christmas but perhaps consider the amount of presents that will come your way from family and friends. A small token gift or some books is more than enough for this year.
- When wrapping presents and decorating be careful not to leave any cello tape, sharp scissors or small pieces of blue tack lying around for little hands and mouths.
- Staying in is the new going out. There is a lot to be said for not having to pack a massive bag and having your baby comfortable in their own bed and surroundings. A glass of wine and cosy PJ's at home could be exactly what the doctor ordered.
- Stock up on teething gel, Calpol and any other medications you might need. It is better to be looking at it then looking for it at a time where few Pharmacies are open.
- It is impossible to please everyone. Do your best to spend time with both sides of the family but try not to run yourself in to the ground. It is your day too remember.
Written by Tracey, mummy blogger and staff with www.familyfriendlyhq.ie
Check out her own blog at love-of-living.blogspot.ie