Having a baby is a wonderful feeling, and being able to spend time with your newborn is something only parents can understand. But with the holiday season approaching us, new parents may be facing a dilemma—should baby be included in the holiday festivities or not?
While some parents prefer taking a break from a challenging feeding schedule and hiring a babysitter, other parents want to include their little one in everything. If you fall into this category, we've got a few tips on how to celebrate baby's first Thanksgiving with ease (and make it an event to remember!).
Thanksgiving is a family holiday, but it may not necessarily be happening at your home. When you have a newborn who needs to eat and nap, traveling can be a challenge! Talk to your host and make sure there's a quiet space where baby can feed and rest. And give yourself a few days to prepare what you need (pack n play, high chair, bottles and food). If your journey will take more than a few hours or involves air travel, we've got some great tips on how to cope with travel sickness.
If you're hosting Thanksgiving dinner, there's not denying that it will be easier on baby; she won't have to change beds or transition. Still, it means more work for you. Coming up with a menu and guest list can be time consuming! When planning for food, don't forget to include a few things for your little one—pureed squash and apple sauce are some ideas. Ask your guests to bring something to share, pot-luck style. And don't forget to accept help from those relatives who want to hold baby! It will give you time to relax and recoup from all that eating.
The holiday season can be wonderful, but it can also be chaotic! Having family and guests in and out of your house can wreak havoc on baby's schedule. By keeping the noise level under control, you'll help baby stick to schedule and get the rest she needs. A sound machine and a few reminders to keep voices down may be enough. If noise is a huge issue you may want to investigate installing new protective entry doors. And when your house is empty take advantage of it and give baby some down time.
Thanksgiving is a beautiful holiday and it’s particularly amazing if you have a child. Despite the chaos, make sure to plan some fun activities for the entire family. You'll create lifelong memories, especially if it's baby’s first Thanksgiving. Start getting ready a few weeks before, and plan a special outfit for your little one. Have an impromptu photo shoot or make a family video. Capturing these moments is more than important, and you’ll have so much fun along the way!
Celebrating Thanksgiving with your kids is always cool, but doing that with your newborn is particularly exciting. It’s never too early to start creating amazing memories, and you’re going to love every second of this process. Be sure to find even more activities and keep digging for new ideas, because this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to show your baby why you love Thanksgiving so much!