While they won’t be interested in all the food and feasting, your baby’s first Christmas is undoubtedly a very special occasion. We’ve collected some of our favourite ideas to help make your first family Christmas one you’ll remember forever.
Many of us carry our childhood Christmas traditions into adulthood. However, the arrival of a new baby signals the beginning of new traditions that your family can look forward to year after year. Whether you go out for a Boxing Day walk, leave out reindeer food on Christmas Eve or cuddle up with a few Christmas stories, your new traditions will become a part of your family history.
Light up their world
One thing most babies love is twinkling lights and sparkling tinsel. Even the youngest babies can be mesmerised by the mixture of light and shadow. Invest in plenty of fairy lights for your home and let them look on in wonder. Older babies might also enjoy seeing the Christmas displays in your town centre or garden centre.
While they’re still too little to understand the meaning of presents, hanging up there first stocking is another way to mark your baby’s first Christmas. This one by Milly and Pip features a handy pocket for your little one to one day place a letter to Father Christmas.
It would hardly be Christmas without a pair of festive PJs to cuddle up in on Christmas Eve. We love this cute Christmas pudding romper from The Essential One for £9.99.
NSPCC Letter from Santa
For a £5 suggested donation or whatever you can afford, you can get a personalised letter from Santa and help out a worthwhile charity at the same time. The NSPCC will pass on your child’s details to the man in red and you will receive a lovely keepsake that will be treasured for years to come.
First Christmas Book
Wintertime is never better than when you’re snuggled up on Christmas Eve. This fully personalised first Christmas storybook from Letterfest is filled with unique details – you can even choose the skin colour that best suits your child!
Treasure the moment
Your baby’s first Christmas will whizz past in a rush of wrapping paper, food prep and cleaning up. This year, cut your Christmas tasks down to the bare minimum so that you don’t miss out of enjoying the day with your little one – and remember to take a few snaps and videos so can relive the memories with your child as they grow.
If your family will be spending time outdoors this Christmas, this snuggly pure cotton Penguin Pramsuit from M&S (£24.00) will keep baby cosy no matter what the weather decides to do.
Since your baby is probably too young to appreciate any gifts they receive, a good alternative is to either stock up on clothing for the coming year or invest in an heirloom gift that can be passed on through future generations. Here’s a lovely example from ZIUS on Etsy.
If your baby is of weaning age, they’ll probably be joining you at the dinner table this Christmas. If you’re planning on feeding them finger foods or purees made from your own Christmas dinner, make sure that you take out their portions before adding salt as even seemingly small amount can be harmful to young babies. If minimum fuss and portability are important, check out this Jingle Belly Christmas Dinner pouch by Ella’s Kitchen. It contains turkey and all the trimmings – potatoes, parsnips, carrots, cranberries, and even sprouts! Suitable for 7 months +.
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Celebrate your baby’s first Christmas memories with a keepsake ornament. This little decoration from The Drifting Bear Co. will take pride of place on your tree, so it’s well worth choosing one that will stand the test of time.
Travelling with a baby
If you will be making a long journey to visit family this Christmas and New Year, a little planning can make it less of a struggle for both you and your baby. Check out our extensive hints, tips and information for travelling by car with young children.