If you welcomed baby in 2018, you’re probably gearing up for her first holiday season. And although she may be too young to really remember any of it, there’s still plenty of opportunity to make this December a special one.
Now’s the time to have some fun, and enjoy the spirit of the season, and create your own traditions. And here’s the best part—we’ll tell you how! We’ve rounded up six of our favorite ways to celebrate baby’s first Christmas.
As your children grow, they will have opinions about what they choose (and don’t choose) to wear. Now’s the time to relish that little baby…and the fact that you can dress her in pretty much anything you please! Find the most adorable Santa or elf costume and stage a sweet background. Take some fun photos in front of your tree, outside (if weather permitting), or with family. If you need a blanket for baby to sit on, don’t forget your Covered Goods. We’ve got plenty of colors and patterns that are perfectly seasonal. BONUS: you can always use these prints for a very special holiday card.
There’s nothing more festive than holiday lights and decor. Take a walk with baby and check out your local displays. She’ll love seeing the contrast between light and dark, and the flickering movement. Engage with her, explain what she’s seeing, sing songs. There are so many fun ways to pass the time! And don’t forget to grab a cup of hot cocoa and your Covered Goods® (if baby's in a carrier or stroller it can act as a lightweight blanket and extra layer!). It’s also your opportunity to enjoy some fresh air and relish in the sights of the season.
Although it may seem early, this is a great time to start yearly photos with Santa. If your baby’s under 8 months, she may be too young to experience any separation anxiety—in which case, sitting with Santa may be no big deal. If she’s a little older, you could have some tears. So make it a family affair, and pose with your little one. You’ll have a precious keepsake to enjoy for many years into the future.
Your baby probably lives in her snuggly pajamas (when you’re under one, there’s really no reason to get dressed for the day!). Invest in a few cute Christmas-themed pairs and make sure she’s festive for the entire month of December. BONUS: we’re willing to bet the sweetness will put a smile on your face…as well as everyone else’s!
You can find “Baby’s First Christmas” ornaments everywhere—from Target to your local boutiques (we’re big proponents of shopping small every day!). Start with one special piece this year (if you can do something personalized—even better!). Add another with each passing holiday. Eventually, she’ll be able to select her own special ornament, and look back on each of the previous ones (along with the special memories they hold).
You may have noticed that parenthood changes your life significantly (the understatement of the year!). That being said, many of the things you used to enjoy probably don’t fit this new reality. Take the opportunity to build some of your own, new holiday traditions this season—whether it’s snuggling on the couch with a festive movie, or hosting a Santa-themed baby playdate. You’ll have more fun than ever before with your cherished little family.
We’d love to hear how you’ll be celebrating baby’s first Christmas! Let us know about your special plans in the comments section.