We can barely believe how fast the months have flown past us this year at BabyDam, and most importantly how quickly Christmas day is creeping up onto us! Christmas is a magical time for everyone and is often one of the only days of the year that we can spend time with all of our loved ones without any distractions or interruptions! But a baby’s first Christmas really is the most magical time which is filled with special milestones & bundles of smiles and laughs! Being a new parent for the first year can also be a stressful and hectic time, with so much to do and so little time. So to help you on your way to having a care free and memorable Christmas with your baby, here’s some tips to help you make the first holiday season extra special!
Visit Father Christmas!
Taking your little one to visit Santa at a grotto for the first time is always an experience to remember, there will be lots of first time experiences during their first Christmas and they’ll all be as special as the next! Some little ones can be scared of dressed up figures, so it may be better waiting until their second or third Christmas to do so. Wherever you live you’re bound to find a Santa’s grotto or two, and there’s always plenty of opportunities for photos and personalised decorations and cards which make great keepsakes and presents for your family.
Christmas DIY Decorations
There are endless opportunities for getting your baby involved in making some adorable DIY deorations which are fun for all involved and will create keepsakes that will last a lifetime. One of our favourite ideas is taking a plain Christmas tree bauble, coating their adorable baby feet in paint and stamping it onto the bauble. This can be done on so many items for that matter, we also love this following idea for creating a reindeer card with their feet. All you need is some paint, water and plenty of towels and you can create some great decorations and presents! It’s just whether you can get those cute feet to stop wriggling for a minute or two!
Christmas Eve Traditions
Creating new Christmas Eve traditions for your baby’s first Christmas is such a lovely sentiment that will seem even more important as the years go by and as they get older. Every family likes to celebrate Christmas in a different way and you may like to carry on traditions that you had as a child, but here are a few of our favourites that might give you some inspiration!
- Christmas Eve Box: Create your own box each year to give to your child on Christmas Eve that could contain new pjs, chocolate, a DVD, colouring book etc.
- Christmas Eve hot chocolate & Christmas movies or stories
- Baking Christmas food – mince pies, gingerbread men, cookies
- Leaving out a mince pie and a glass of his Santa’s favourite drink before bed!
- Go for a walk and look for Santa’s sleigh
- Go to a Christmas church service
Creating some personalised gifts for their first Christmas provides you with a keepsake that will last a lifetime and will provide you with some of the best memories when you look back at them! Like we mentioned before, you can create your very own DIY decorations or alternatively you can design your own personalised gifts. There are many online sites and shops that offer gifts that can be personalised or engraved, including baby’s first Christmas decoration, Christmas outfits or Christmas keepsake boxes that can be for baby’s first lock of hair etc, there are so many options out there and I’m sure family members & friends will all love to spoil your little one this Christmas anyway!
Stick your baby in some Christmas clothing and it’s hard not to go awww! There are so many choices in the stores year upon year, from Christmas jumpers and Christmas baby grows to full blown Christmas costumes including reindeers & snowmen! It’s hard not to want to put them in something cute like this to get into the festive spirit!
Leading on from Christmas clothing it provides the perfect opportunity for some Christmas photos, whether you want to take the photos yourself or get some professionally done – there are some fabulous ideas on Pinterest for staged photo ideas. This idea below is one we absolutely love, and something that we wouldn’t necessarily think of doing. These photos could then be created into personalised cards, photo canvases and more to give as presents.
However you choose to celebrate baby’s first Christmas it’s sure to be a truly magical and special time for the whole family! From everyone at BabyDam we wish you all a wonderful Christmas & a very happy & healthy new year! Will you be celebrating your baby’s first Christmas? Do you have any other tips for baby’s first Christmas? Please do comment below or let us know on our Facebook page or Twitter!