There is something magical about experiencing any holiday for the first time, and while you can’t exactly go back in time to relive those memories yourself, you can get a new perspective on an old holiday – through your baby’s eyes. It goes without saying that you want to make that moment as special as possible for your little one. So, how do you do that? Here is what every mom should know about planning your baby’s first holiday:
Take plenty of pictures. As you well know, your tiny tot will retain very few clear memories of that first special holiday, so if you want to create memories that truly last, your best bet is to take plenty of photographs, as well as videos. After the holiday passes, put the pictures into a scrap book, or special box, that your little one can open later on.
Be careful of over-scheduling. Sure, you want the entire family to spend time with baby over the holidays, and there’s just so much to see and do during the holiday season. However, it is important that you keep your little one’s routine as close to “normal” as possible, no matter how many activities you have going on. Your baby doesn’t care about holiday festivities when hungry or behind on nap time, so be sure to include plenty of downtime in your holiday schedule.
Plan a get together. It’s hard to get all of your loved ones in the same place at the same time, but there is perhaps no better occasion to make a formal attempt than your baby’s first holiday. Planning a get together can also help you out in terms of not over-scheduling. After all, when everyone gathers together for a set period of time, the need to travel with baby may be greatly diminished.
Don’t sweat the small stuff. Before you break out in a cold sweat over whether or not your gift wrap is the perfect shade of crimson, put things into perspective: your baby will not remember all of the minute details. At the very best, your infant will only have a lasting impression (backed up by photos, of course) of what the holiday “felt” like. Therefore, it’s not important to stress over every detail; the most important thing is that you surround your baby with love and warmth.
Your baby’s first holiday is an exciting time, for both you and baby. It’s only natural that you want to make it as special as possible. Follow these tips to plan for that special moment in time.
About the Author: Keila Norrix is planning her first Thanksgiving and Christmas with her 9 month old daughter. She loves reading mom blogs like momexclusive for tips on making the holidays stress free and enjoyable – for baby and herself!