Baby's First Christmas: A Survival Guide
As a new parent, it can feel like there’s a lot of pressure to make your baby’s first Christmas the most memorable because it’s the first one you’ll spend together.
Just to warn you, your Christmas day will be completely different this year. But enjoy it! It’s so exciting that you are starting your own little family traditions with the newest member of the clan.
We’ve asked parents what their top tips are to survive the first Christmas and what to expect…
“Our first year we wanted to do Christmas at home because it was easier for the baby’s routine. If you’re planning on staying at home my top tip would be to ask your guests to each prepare a course so there’s less for you to worry about on the day.”
“If you have to cook, make life easier and buy easy to cook meat joints and pre-prepared veg – save yourself from messing about with turkey giblets and peeling mountains of sprouts in the early hours!”
“If you really want to take the pressure off this Christmas, go to the grandparents’ house for the day. It gives other people the chance to make a fuss over the little one and you can just focus on making the most of the day.”
“I got really excited for my baby’s first Christmas but to be honest you can be left feeling a little disappointed! My little one was only 6 months old and he was enjoying playing with some used wrapping paper way more than his new toys.”
“You have to accept that your Christmas day won’t be the same as it used to be, you need to be really flexible. My advice would be - don’t commit to leaving the house at a certain time or eating on time. It’s just another day - you and your baby will be used to your usual routine.”
"Embrace it. What will be, will be. If you don’t end up eating with the family because you need to feed or take care of some dirty nappies then that’s ok. As long as your baby is content, you’ll feel a lot more relaxed and able to enjoy the day.”
There’s no denying that your baby’s first Christmas is more of a celebration for you and your family, your little one will have absolutely no idea what’s going on! The most important thing is that you use the time together to enjoy being a family because you’ll never get a very first Christmas with your baby again.
Important advice for you
Breastfeeding gives your baby the best start in life. The World Health Organisation recommends breastfeeding exclusively for the first six months of your baby’s life, followed by continued breastfeeding together with complementary foods.
Breastmilk promotes your baby’s sensory and cognitive development, it protects your baby against infectious and chronic diseases and can help your baby to recover quicker during illness.
Unlike infant milks, breastfeeding also contributes to your health and well-being, reducing the risk of ovarian cancer and breast cancer. It can also build a strong emotional bond between you and your baby.
Breastfeeding is safe for the environment. You should also consider the social and financial implications of using infant milk. It is important for you to eat a healthy, balanced diet during your pregnancy and as you breastfeed. Combining breastfeeding and bottle feeding may reduce your breast milk supply and it may be difficult to reverse the decision not to breastfeed.
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The content provided in this article is for information purposes only and should not be regarded as medical advice. Please consult a doctor, midwife or healthcare professional if you have any questions or concerns about your or your child’s health.