How to make the most of your first Christmas as a new parent
Merry Christmas, and a happy new… baby! It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but for new parents, the stress of planning Christmas dinner, decorating the house, wrapping presents and changing nappies can be overwhelming. However, first time parents don’t necessarily need to compromise when it comes to having a magical Christmas:
Avoid comparing yourself to other new parents
Managing your expectations of what your first Christmas as a parent will look like is important. Although you may feel the pressure to do it all, the first Christmas with your new baby will be memorable no matter what. So, don’t feel the need to set unrealistic expectations for yourself.
The worst thing you can do is compare yourself to other new parents, and what they are doing for their first Christmas. It is easily done with social media, but we need to remember that we don’t know what goes on behind the scenes. Babies are unpredictable, so don’t feel disheartened if you can’t manage to get the perfect family picture in front of the fireplace like you’re seeing on your feed.
Start new traditions
A new baby means new traditions! Although your baby may not remember these traditions now, they will definitely appreciate them in a year or two. Remember, traditions have to start somewhere!
Perhaps the traditions include leaving out milk and cookies for Santa, or watching a favourite Christmas movie. Whatever it is, creating memories with your and your baby is something that will stay with you forever.
Keeping you baby safe
A new baby plus Christmas equals…lots and lots of toys! Play is a key part of how children learn to thrive in the world, so it is vital that we keep our children safe by considering factors such as how age appropriate a toy is, their safety regulations and add-ons.
All in all, life with a newborn can be tiring enough, so don’t feel the need to put any extra pressure on yourself this Christmas season. A relaxed parent makes for a relaxed baby, so sit back, open a few presents and enjoy your first Christmas together as a family.
Doing your best to plan, communicate and get involved in the festive activities as a family can help everyone feel a little calmer this Christmas.