Survival Guide for First-Time Parents During Christmas
Christmas can be a time of joy, togetherness, and celebration. But for first-time parents, it can also bring a fair share of challenges and stress. Managing the baby's schedule, travelling, and doing all the niche Christmas you ‘need’ to do can make the calmest of people feel overwhelmed. We’ve gathered some advice to help first-time parents navigate the festive season with confidence, ensuring that it's a memorable and stress-free time for the whole family.
Don’t throw away the routine!
One of the first things to consider is your baby's sleep schedule. Infants thrive on routine, and maintaining some sense of normalcy during the holidays can be a lifesaver. Try and plan activities around napping, and feeding and allow yourself to have some downtime. Check out our blog on tips for a better sleep.
If you're travelling during the holidays, a travel essentials list is useful. Ensure you have all the necessary baby essentials, like a changing bag and somewhere for the baby to sleep. The Najell SleepCarrier is a great item to have when heading around to someone’s house. Don't forget a favourite toy or muslin blanket to help your little one feel at ease in unfamiliar surroundings.
Ask for help
Don't be afraid to lean on your support network. Family and friends are often eager to assist first-time parents during the holidays. Whether it's babysitting for a few hours or helping with chores, accepting family support during Christmas can help reduce stress.
Set realistic expectations
Understanding that with a baby, things might not go as planned, and that's perfectly okay. Don’t compare yourself to other people- the messiness and managing holiday chaos with a baby is all very normal.
Plan for both family time, me-time and free time
Even though we work hard and have a busy schedule, it’s important to take time to nurture our relationships. Make a schedule together so you can make room for both me-time, family time, and social time. More tips for first-time parents can be find in our blog
As first-time parents, celebrating your baby’s first Christmas can feel exciting but also pose some unique challenges. Try to lean into the change and enjoy a time of joy and cherished memories. We hope that these tips help to celebrate your baby’s first Christmas. Merry Christmas!
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