How to Handle Baby’s First Holiday Season
Babies add so much joy to the holidays! However, baby’s first holiday can also add stress for the parents.
Here are some things to keep in mind so everyone can enjoy this special time together:
- Beware of over-stimulation. Lots of new faces, noise, and being passed around from person to person can upset your baby. Smaller gatherings this first year may be better for everyone. Keep all of your new baby’s holiday experiences tame and relaxed.
- Keeping baby healthy. Babies’ immune systems are still developing, so babies who are exposed to large groups of people can also be introduced to many new germs. Ask guests to wash their hands before they touch or hold the baby.
- Set boundaries for yourself and your baby. Plan some time to find a quiet place, away from the activity, for baby to have some quiet time with mom and get some rest. This time away will help mom rejuvenate as well.
Tips for traveling with Baby during the holiday season:
- Be the first and last. Get on the plane first and off the plane last to get a better chance of assistance from cabin crew.
- Bring a change of clothes for you. You may not need to bring an entire outfit but a clean shirt can keep you from smelling like spit up the entire trip.
- Mobile car seats. Many infant car seats have snap on wheels you can rent or purchase to help reduce the load you are carrying.
- Wear your baby. Babywearing helps keep baby close, secure and comfortable while ensuring your hands are free.
- Extra-large bag. Bring a larger diaper bag that you can fit your purse into as well as extra things like toys, snacks, wipes, diapers, and so on..
- Liquids on planes. Remember that gel and liquid filled teething rings are allowed on board, as well as canned or jarred baby food.
- Be prepared. Pack plenty of diapers, baby wipes, hand sanitizer, towels, and so on, in easy-to-reach locations. Pack a small bag with just one diaper, a few wipes, a few disposable diaper trash bags, and some rash cream if needed, and place it in the seat pocket in front of you.
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