The Christmas holidays are surely one of the happiest and most magical times of the year. However, with the addition of a new baby, this time of year can also become a challenge for even the most organized mom. This article will share our 15 tips for baby’s first Christmas to help your growing family make the most of the Christmas season.
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15 Tips For Baby’s First Christmas:
1. Choose a cute Christmas Eve and Christmas day outfit
One of the best parts of celebrating a new baby’s first Christmas is the cute outfits to celebrate this milestone.
You’ll definitely want to choose a special Christmas Eve and Christmas day outfit.
A cute family tradition to start with your new baby is Christmas Eve pajamas.
A sweet family tradition we love is to wear matching pajamas! As your baby gets older and moves into the toddler and preschool years they will love and look forward to this every Christmas eve.
Both on and offline, you will find numerous retailers marketing cute sleepers, onesies, and pajamas for “Baby’s First Christmas”!
Why not splurge on your baby’s first Christmas outfits to create lasting memories?
We found these adorable baby Christmas outfits and family pajamas on Amazon.
2. Get holiday cards made or make your own.
Have some cute photos taken of your baby or take them yourself and have holiday cards made for you or create your own.
Family and friends really do appreciate seeing your new baby on a Christmas card.
It’s also a great way to keep in touch. If you need an idea, how about a family pic in matching pajamas (including the dog!) in front of your Christmas Tree?
The idea is to not stress yourself out.
3. Choose a Christmas Stocking for your Baby’s First Christmas
Choose a stocking for your baby’s first Christmas that you really love.
Even though your baby can’t enjoy it that much on her first Christmas, you’ll have fun hanging it up and filling it up for Christmas morning.
If you are creative, use some glue and glitter to put your baby’s name on the stocking as it will likely become a family heirloom.
However, if you are anything like me and you were not born with the “crafty” gene, buying the first Christmas stocking for your baby is a memory you’ll treasure every year as they grow up.
We LOVE this Grey and White Christmas Tree from Project Nursery.
Two things really made this stocking stand out from the rest.
First, it isn’t a traditional “Baby’s 1st Christmas” stocking which is only good for the first Christmas.
Second, it is in a gender-neutral monochromatic palette of grey and white.
It will work with whatever your home decor style is too. You can check out the price below on Project Nursery.
Christmas Tree Stocking
Perfect for Baby's First Christmas!
4. Start your own family traditions.
Did you grow up in a house that always opened their gifts on Christmas Eve?
How about a house that always opened their gifts on Christmas morning?
Maybe your family had a big formal Christmas Eve dinner or maybe your partner’s family did Chinese food on Christmas Eve.
You now get have an opportunity to decide what family traditions you want to carry on in your family.
There are many other traditions you can consider as well.
Perhaps you want to start a tradition of buying your new baby a Christmas ornament every year.
Starting a family tradition during the holiday season adds one more event for your child to look forward to and to look back upon even into adulthood.
Some family Christmas traditions to consider:
- Baking cookies
- Making ornaments
- Wrap 25 books that you and your baby can open every night till Christmas
- Elf on the shelf.
- Go shopping for toys to donate
- Sleep out next to the Christmas tree and keep the lights on all night.
- Do the 12 days Christmas from December 26 to the epiphany.
- Leave your shoes out for Saint Nicholas on December 6 and give little gifts to your baby and your partner.
- Drive around the neighborhood and check out all the Christmas lights.
Elf On The Shelf
Photo Credit: Maternity Comfort Solutions
The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition
- PART OF THE FAMILY: Add a new member to the family this Holiday with this Scout Elf from the Elf on the Shelf. This scout Elf reports to Santa Claus each night to let him know who has been naughty or nice.
- HIDE AND SEEK - One of the best parts of getting an elf is waking up each morning and trying to spy where they’re hanging out for the day. Maybe they’re sitting on the fridge or hanging from the light. Maybe they got into some mischief during the night!
- SANTA’S LITTLE HELPER - Every night this Scout Elf will return to the North Pole to say whether your family has been naughty or nice. Santa takes that information every night and decides if you’re getting presents or coal this year.
- AWARD WINNING ELF: The Elf on the shelf is one of the biggest holiday hits. It won the Best Toy Award by Learning Express, Book of the Year Award from Creative Child Awards, and National Best Books Award sponsored by USA Book News.
- PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS: Package Contains (1) The Elf on the Shelf: Blue Eyed Boy Scout Elf with Illustrated Storybook.
5. Visit Santa and have pictures taken.
Update for 2020: COVID-19 could impact some holiday events like visiting Santa. You can get the latest guidance on the virus from the CDC.
Sure it’s your baby’s first Christmas and your baby has no idea who Santa Claus is, but your family does and your baby will look back and be glad you took the pictures to pass on to future generations.
Grandparents love pictures of their grandbaby’s first Christmas with Santa.
6. Take lots of casual Christmas pics.
Who doesn’t know someone, including ourselves, who bought the latest camera or video camera with the birth of their child? Your baby only has one “First” Christmas. So take lots of photos during the Christmas season.
During Christmas, there are usually many great photo opportunities at home as well.
Set your little one up in front of the Christmas tree with the twinkling lights and snap away.
Do you live in an area with snow? Dress your little one up warmly and take some pictures after their first snowfall.
Another great photo idea for baby’s first Christmas is to take photos in front of the fireplace mantle all decorated with stockings and lights.
If you go to a tree farm to pick out your Christmas tree, remember to snap lots of pics! You can use your phone camera or if you have a digital camera being outdoors in the daylight is the perfect time to get photos of your baby.
You can easily have them turned into Christmas cards to send to family and friends.
7. If you will be traveling, make sure you consider the winter weather.
The winter weather can be very unpredictable in many parts of the country during the Christmas holidays.
If you are traveling with your little one, keep an eye on the weather forecast and pack more warm clothing than you anticipate you will need.
Make sure you have a car emergency kit.
You can read more about this in our article about baby’s first winter safety tips.
If you are flying keep an eye on your airline for weather-related announcements.
Update for 2020: COVID-19 could impact some travel plans and flights. You can get the latest guidance on the virus from the CDC.
An excellent place to find out about weather-related flight delays, cancellations, and no-charge flight changes is via Twitter.
Many airlines now have customer service people on Twitter who can assist you via direct message to change flights if impending winter weather could snarl flights in your destination city.
Twitter handles for 5 of the major US airlines
Be sure to have the airline app on your phone. That way you’ll be notified of any delays or cancellations.
Sometimes the airlines make their phone numbers hard to find on their websites. When you are traveling with a baby, you don’t have time to play hide and seek. Here are the 1-800 numbers of the 5 airlines most people seem to fly.
Preparing for your baby’s first winter is very important, especially if you live where winters can bring severe weather. Though a baby’s first winter is a very exciting and joyful time, it is also a time when we need to update various safety measures both inside and outside of our home.
8. Decorate the baby nursery for Christmas
This is a fun and festive tradition to start. Decorate your baby’s nursery for the Christmas holidays. Your baby will love looking at the twinkling lights.
9. Start a holiday book basket.
If you started a Halloween or Thanksgiving book basket you can simply switch out the books for Christmas books. Reading to your baby is a wonderful way to bond.
It is never too early to start ready for your child as this will help develop a love for reading as they grow older.
Holiday book baskets are a simple tradition to start and as your children grow older they will truly cherish the collection of holiday favorites.
Here are some Christmas books we really love:
10. Visit a Christmas Tree Farm.
If you live in an area where there are Christmas tree farms, a great family tradition is to pick out your own tree.
If you do not live near a Christmas tree farm and cannot have a live tree, you can make a family event out of assembling an artificial tree.
Make sure you take lots of pictures and enjoy some hot cocoa.
If you live near a city, bring your children to a Christmas Tree lighting. Even a baby will enjoy the lights.
11. If you can host either Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.
While it may seem like a lot of work on the surface, being able to stay home with your new baby on Christmas Eve or Christmas day (at least one of them) is the perfect trade-off.
So much of the stress associated with the holidays is the travel and not simply nesting in your own familiar surroundings.
Again, when it comes to hosting the holidays, think of traditions you can start with your family to keep things interesting.
You could serve different appetizers or just pizza and desserts.
The most important message to take away from this suggestion is to plan on spending Christmas Eve or Christmas Day at home.
When I was growing up my mother always hosted Christmas day and her reasoning was so I didn’t have to leave all my new toys.
It makes so much sense if you think about it.
If neither is possible, don’t sweat it, but be sure to take some time right before the holidays and certainly right after for yourself and your family to have alone time.
12. Don’t stress about it.
Try not to stress over the Christmas holiday. This isn’t as easy as it sounds with a new baby.
As a parent we often want things to be perfect for our child and if one truly thinks about this it is the parent that wants this as our child will never know the difference.
It’s OK if things aren’t perfect. Things don’t always go as planned.
Your baby could be grumpy or your baby could get sick.
The most important thing is to enjoy the holiday and accept that not everything will go right. It simply doesn’t matter.
If you are dealing with family members who don’t agree with your parenting style, take a deep breath, and remember you are the mom and when caring for your baby it’s your rules period.
All too often others, be it family or friends, will have an opinion and in the end that’s all it is is an opinion.
Do what feels right to you, this simple suggestion can make all the difference.
13. Spend a quiet night at home with your spouse and binge on Christmas movies.
Having a new baby can put a strain on any relationship. You are both feeling sleep deprived and overwhelmed.
The holidays are a magical time and are a very busy time.
This added holiday stress can make the strain feel even worse.
So take a night during the holiday season once your baby is asleep.
Curl up on the couch together with some hot cocoa and popcorn and binge on your favorite Christmas movies.
14. Keep it simple when it comes to baby’s gifts.
Your baby’s first Christmas is the perfect time to keep it simple.
Though buying gifts or not won’t be missed, I think it’s a lot of fun to buy gifts for your baby’s first Christmas as it is something our family has always done.
We get a few toys that the baby will enjoy and some practical items we know we will need throughout the year such as sleeper outfits, onesies, and skincare products.
Those items you can stock up on at one time to limit the many shopping excursions we will be taking throughout the year.
15. Buy some Christmas bibs.
You may not want to splurge on a special Christmas outfit for every day of the season. But a fun way to celebrate the holiday season is to buy a bunch of Christmas bibs.
Places like Carters, sell bibs in bundles and when they have their semi-annual sale you can save a lot of money. Shopping their clearance items during their semi-annual specials can’t be beaten.
A Christmas bib at the dinner table is always a good idea. If your baby is drooling because he is teething or if he is spitting up solid food, having plenty of bibs will give you peace of mind. So splurge on several Christmas bibs during the Fall sales.