There are plenty of articles out there which help you create the perfect first Christmas for your baby, and they detail various fun and memorable activities and ideas for the best day. However, sometimes Christmas can be overwhelming with small children, especially a newborn and the pressure of having the perfect first Christmas is a lot. So, we thought this Christmas we’d look at what not to do for your baby’s first Christmas.
Don’t Worry about Wrapping
Depending on the age of your child, they probably won’t be too bothered about having wrapped presents. For those nearing their first birthday shortly after their first Christmas they may be able to tear the corners but in general you don’t need to bother with wrapping presents if you don’t want to. It is completely up to you whether you choose to or not, but don’t fret about it!
Don’t Spend a Fortune
Possibly the most important thing to remember is that you don’t need to spend a fortune on baby’s first Christmas. On their first Christmas babies won’t notice or be bothered about the amount or cost of the presents they’ve received; they’ll either be more bothered about the wrapping paper or sleeping. If you want to buy a few nice gifts for baby, why not get keepsake items and clothes that you know you’ll use and for older babies a couple of nice toys for them to open.
Don’t be Afraid to Ask for Help
An important thing to remember for baby’s first Christmas is that you shouldn’t be afraid to ask for help; whether that be help planning, buying presents or general help on the day you’ll find people will be more than willing to give you a hand so you can look after your baby; or, they will babysit whilst you get in the festive spirit and do a bit of Christmas shopping.
Don’t Overdo It
This is a good general rule to follow for baby’s first Christmas. You don’t want to wear yourself out or get stressed on the day, you want to be able to enjoy their first Christmas. Don’t overdo it with the gifts, or the food or hosting a big Christmas dinner as this will just be way too much pressure and you’re best to focus on spending time with your little one and your family.
Don’t Feel Obliged to Do Anything
This point is super important, especially if you have a newborn. Christmas can unfortunately sometimes become focused on family obligation; having to visit multiple family members and then haul yourself, your baby and all your belongings over to someone else’s house for dinner. This year take time to focus on yourself and if you don’t want to do anything; don’t do anything. If you feel like you want to get in on the action it could be a good idea to ask people to come to you; with a new baby, you’ll find that people will be more than willing.