baby and the holidays - a huggies post


I've been asked by BlogHer and Huggies to take some walks down memory lane and explore some (what I think will be) FUN subjects about babies and having them and getting ready for them and all the fun stuff that goes with THEM! I volunteered for this series for selfish reasons. I think it will be a great way to document some thoughts and feelings that maybe I haven't before but should have. I hope you will enjoy them, too!

Like it or not, the holidays are upon us. For anyone and everyone, that means extra social events, more family visits, more shopping, more crazy and more chaos. It may seem impossible to keep a schedule intact for your baby over the next couple of months, but I'm here to tell you, where there's a will, there's a way.

All babies aside, it's just not healthy for anyone to go all out during the holidays. Who has ever spent a holiday season over committed and come out stress free on the other side? No one I know. Now that you have that little one, it's the perfect reason to slow down this holiday season. This is a season of JOY and that will be hard to come by if you throw out your baby's schedule to attend every party, bake every cookie and sing every carol.

Can you still have a rich and enjoyable holiday experience? Yes!

Step one is to sit and think NOW about what is important to you during the holidays. Is it time at home baking and watching Christmas movies? Is it your family holiday party? Is it making all of your holiday gifts? Christmas eve dinner or your child's Christmas school program? It's important to think of what your favorite things are NOW so you can have a plan in place to make sure you can enjoy them. With an infant in tow you have to keep in mind what kind of baby you have...if he or she is happy to sleep in the car seat then you will have a little more flexibility than if they will only sleep in the crib. Knowing in advance which holiday events are important to you goes a long way with planning your baby's schedule and knowing when and if you will need a sitter or which events you will have to sit out on.

Step two is to come to terms with the fact that you cannot please everyone. It never fails that someone will be disappointed with what you choose to do or not do and that has to be OK with you. In our house, Doug and I put our family (the four of us) first and make our holiday plans around that. For us, it's important to be in our house Christmas morning so we try to make other plans around the holidays to see family at other times. Chances are, with a new baby, everyone will expect you bright and early at their house Christmas morning or Thanksgiving day. Know what you and your spouse want to do with this time and support each other in keeping that commitment. Don't give in to the pressure to please others and be everywhere at once.

Step three...keep in mind that in a couple of weeks, a little disruption to a schedule won't matter at all. Babies are very resilient and if you are good to keep them on schedule, then they are good to bounce back when that schedule must be a little more flexible. I remember more than once stressing over an event and coming out on the other side wondering why I was so stressed out in the first place.

Above all, enjoy this first Christmas season with your new baby! Be sure to take lots of photos, relax and enjoy the little things!

Be sure you read up on all my other Huggies posts HERE! There's some good stuff in there!
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