The holiday season is an exciting time for friends and family. It's only natural to be ecstatic over celebrating your baby's first holiday season, too.
However, the holidays can also bring along their own fair share of stress. Your relatives will want to spend time with the newest member of the family. And of course, you'll want to keep your baby happy and healthy come New Year's Day.
To help keep the stress at bay, here are a few tips you can use to stay stress-free during your baby's first holiday season:
- Don't sweat the small stuff. It's true babies' brains grow quickly during their first year. In fact, they more than double in size. But that doesn't mean your baby will notice every mistake you see when you're decorating your home or taking photos. Don't sweat perfection. Your baby is just happy to be with you.
Encourage hand-washing. Friends and family will want to see and hold your baby during the holidays while they're in town. But this time of year is also peak cold and flu season. It's perfectly okay to ask guests at your New Year's party to wash their hands before holding baby. You may also want to ensure your guests are in good health before allowing them to hold your little one.
Don't bring every toy. If you're traveling for the holidays, don't feel the need to bring every toy your baby has to keep them entertained. There are so many people your baby will see; your family and friends are like built-in entertainment. Bring your baby's favorite cashmere toy, but maybe leave the rest at home. Your infant will never know the difference, but your load will be a whole lot lighter.
Remember that not everyone's house is baby-proofed. Keep a close eye on baby while you're visiting friends and family for the holidays. Homes with older kids or adults might not have the safety precautions that you have in your own home. It's easy to become distracted, but make sure that your baby's safety is your number one priority. That said, you may not need to be on-edge throughout your entire visit. Trust that your relatives will be well-versed in infant safety practices, too.
Keep a safety kit in your car. Bad weather can hit at the most unexpected of times. It's good to have items like water, snacks, baby food, extra formula or breast milk, a first-aid kit, a flashlight with extra batteries, cashmere baby blankets, and a basic toolkit on hand. Even if you never need to use these items, you'll gain valuable peace of mind.
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