Celebrating the Holidays with an Infant
Time to read 3 min
Time to read 3 min
The holiday season is a time filled with joy, laughter, and traditions, and there's something extra special about sharing these moments with a new addition to the family! If you're a parent to a little bundle of joy, this year you will get to experience the magic of Christmas through your child's eyes. From festive decorations to creating cherished memories, here's a guide to making this holiday season unforgettable for you and your family.
First things first, get that tree up! Depending on the age of your little ones, this could be a more daunting task. The lights and shiny, sparkly ornaments are definitely going to attract your kids. If you want to hold off on putting some of the more breakable or special ornaments up the first few years, that's fine. You can also put the nicer ones higher up on the tree out of reach of little hands, or decorate how you want, and teach your child the tree is a “no touch” as we say to my little 15 month old. We have been lucky that so far that has worked for us, considering all my ornaments are breakables. Knock on wood, we have not had one break yet! The decorations you set out will become favorites to your kids and ones they will call “classics”.
Nothing says cozy like the tree lights on, comfy jammies and snuggling up to your loved ones. There are so many activities you can do at home while it’s chilly outside. Christmas movies are my family's favorite! You can make a cup of hot chocolate and get warm under a blanket! Another great option is making Christmas cookies and listening to Christmas music or doing a Christmas puzzle if you have some older kids too.
Depending on the weather, take advantage of the crisp winter air and venture outside. Bundle up your babe and let them experience the snow or go look at lights! This can be as simple as driving through neighborhoods or driving through a light show. A simple stroll in the winter wonderland can be a sensory delight for your infant as they take in the sights and sounds of the season.
Capture the magic of your baby's first encounter with Santa Claus by scheduling a photo session. Many shopping malls and local events offer opportunities for children to meet Santa, and these photos will be a treasured memento in the years to come, whether you get a good smile out of them or not. Even if your little one is too young to understand, the photos will serve as a delightful snapshot of this special time.
When it was my son's first Christmas, he was only 3 months old. I still bought and wrapped presents addressed to him and also to my husband and me “from him”. He had no clue obviously, and maybe that was stupid to some, but for us it was kind of fun having him be a part of our Christmas morning instead of just holding him. His eyes were wide watching the wrapping paper and seeing new toys he could put in his mouth instantly.
Babies grow at an astonishing rate, and every moment is precious. Capture the magic of your baby's first Christmas and all the Christmas’ to come! Make sure to remind your husband to take pictures of you with your little ones on Christmas morning too so you have some with you in it! No you don't need makeup or your hair done, its about the memories. You can capture the memories your family makes all month long on every outing or activity that you do!
This time of year is so magical, and being able to share it with your kiddos is so special. You can create new traditions and also apply ones from your and your spouse's childhood as well! Make this holiday season one to remember, and keep in mind not everything has to be perfect. Just making memories with your family is the best way to spend this Christmas. Happy Holidays!