If you have a newborn baby this holiday season, or if you’re expecting your child’s arrival soon, you may be wondering how you can enjoy the holiday season while still looking after your little one. Although handling the busyness of the holidays with a Wellements baby in tow may take a little more planning and organization than usual, it can still be done as long as you make a few key choices. From getting ready for your baby’s arrival during the holidays to packing baby bags for every holiday event to scheduling events around your baby’s sleep schedule and more, here are the essential tips all new parents should know to make the most of the holiday season with a newborn in the house.
Preparing for Your Newborn’s Arrival
If you haven’t yet welcomed your little one but expect to over the holidays, there are some extra preparatory steps to squeeze in amidst all the seasonal cheer. Make sure you:
- Get additional rest and enjoy extra holiday time with your friends and family before your baby’s arrival
- Prepare a nursery area with a crib, toys and a rocking chair, and consider adding seasonal decorations to the nursery
- Prepare a hospital bag and stock your medicine cabinet with basics such as Wellements probiotic drops and more in case you give birth over the holidays
- If you are unsure about how you need to give them medicines or pills, you need to talk to their pediatrician and check out these tips. This will help them take the medicines in the event that they catch a cold or some minor infection which kids are usually prone to.
As you forge ahead with pre-planned holiday events following the arrival of your baby, making sure you’re prepared before leaving home is essential. It’s important to:
- Pack a portable baby bag to take with you to different holiday events or friends’ or families’ houses, and make sure you include essential items such as diapers, baby bottles, rash cream, sanitary wipes, burp cloths and more
- Make simple plans for the holidays and avoid excessive travel or an overly packed schedule to ensure you and your baby still get enough rest
- Be flexible and willing to change holiday plans as needed based on your baby’s health and his or her other needs
Tips for Taking Care of Your Newborn
No matter what you have planned for the holidays, it’s important to put your baby’s safety and health first. To this end, you may want to:
- Hold holiday celebrations at home when possible to keep your baby relaxed and avoid taking him or her out of his or her known comfort zone
- Establish ground rules before hosting friends or family to ensure your baby stays safe and comfortable
- Try to schedule holiday events around your baby’s usual sleep and feeding schedule
- Bring a baby bag containing essentials such as baby tooth oil with you everywhere
- Consider getting a secure baby carrier to strap to your chest to make it easier to do holiday multi-tasking, such as cooking Christmas cookies, wrapping presents or decorating the tree
When you’re expecting a baby imminently or you already have a newborn in the house, balancing a busy holiday schedule while still managing to enjoy the season can seem difficult. Fortunately, with a bit of organization and planning, you can still make the most of the holiday season while caring for your little one. Follow these tips to find the right balance that works for your family this season.