Your challenge: The holidays feel magical in a whole new way when seen through the eyes of a child. But, let’s be honest, they can also be a bit more complicated to manage for a first time mom. From travel to schedules flying away reindeer-style to the simple overwhelm of all the new faces, getting through the month of December will require a few new tricks on your part.
The solution: While flexibility is key, preparation is even more essential.
Offer them a seat at the table: After the hustle and bustle of holiday celebrations, you deserve the chance to sit down and eat—and baby probably does, too. Whether you are home or away, portable high chairs are easy to tuck away when not in use and then pull out for the big gathering around the table. Even if your little one isn’t to the stage of eating solids, finding a high chair with a reclining feature for younger babies will allow you to keep them close.
Keep them entertained: The holidays can be busy and overwhelming enough for us adults. Little ones who aren’t used to the hustle and bustle deserve a space of their own to play with a familiar toy. Make a point of taking some breaks with your baby so you can both recharge and connect while playing with a favorite toy or before rejoining the holiday parties.
Provide a safe place to snooze: Just think about how exhausting the holidays can be for you—and it’s no surprise your little one may be ready to tuck into bed early. When you’re visiting another house, bring along a portable playard or sleeper to give your baby a safe place to dream of sugar plums.
Kindly avoiding the germs: Sometimes you’ve just got to use both of your hands—but passing baby off to family member after family member can be a bit troublesome this germy time of year. Whether home or away, having a safe, fun place for baby to play, like in a portable bouncer, can keep them entertained and away from the hands of a dozen well-meaning relatives.
Pro tip: The most wonderful thing about this time of year? Time with your family—so cut yourself a break if you don’t check every item off that holiday bucket list.
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