Photo by Sarah Winthrop
There’s no doubt that baby’s first Christmas is special – everything is fresh and new. And having an addition in the family inspires new parents to start new traditions. But it is important for new parents to simplify Christmas.
See, here’s the thing: as a parent, baby’s first Christmas is a little magical. But for your baby? Well, truth be told, it’s just another day. Don’t worry – the magic, thrill and excitement will come as they get older. But this year, amid sheer exhaustion and diaper changes, simplifying your Christmas will make it great without adding stress.
1. Keep Presents for Baby to a Minimum
Honestly, I would love for that to read, “Don’t buy presents for your baby!” but I know how hard that can be to wrap your head around. So, instead, keep them to a minimum and think age-appropriate and need. Newborns don’t need much (other than love, food, diapers and cuddles), so a cute outfit, special wall hanging or painting or stack or board books for when they are a little older is really enough.
2. Decorate Less
Of course you want your tree (unless you are in a New York apartment – then it’s debatable). But the huge lighted scene outside, a candle in every window and garland and wreaths galore? When your child or children are older, they will love the festivity of it all – but this year, less is more. Remember – every decoration you put up has to be put away. With a baby in tow.
3. Accept Help
Whether it’s assistance with wrapping your presents, watching the baby so you can shower (and maybe go shopping) or something else, accepting help with your holiday to-dos is a smart simplifying move.
4. Take Advantage of Online Services
From card-order services that will also mail your holiday cards to online shopping, the web is filled with helping hands that will take some of the holiday pressure off you. Just say yes.
5. Take a Zillion Photos
While you don’t need to buy your baby tons of presents and decorations that can be seen from space, you should take as many photos as you can. Someday, your baby will love seeing photos of their first Christmas – and you will too.
6. Keep Food Easy
If you are in charge of food (or bringing something!), don’t go crazy. Instead, stick to quick and easy recipes that you can prepare during naps – or just order from a fab place.
7. Celebrate at Home
Instead of packing baby up – along with all her gear and goods – plan a quieter Christmas at home. You can invite the family to join you, or celebrate as your little new family. Either way, it will be awesome.
Traditions are important and they don’t have to be overcomplicated. Here are some ideas!