The holiday season is here, and it’s an exciting time for everyone. But it can be stressful for new parents who have a newborn in their life. It’s not easy to take care of a newborn and manage the nuances of the holiday season. Your baby’s routine cannot be interrupted. Feeding, bathing, sleeping, and playing time have to continue the same way, which can be quite tricky during the holiday season. But that does not have to stop you from enjoying the holidays. Because let’s face it, it is no fun to drag a sleepy baby down to the Christmas tree and expect them to be excited about opening gifts. But this is the one time of the year that you’ve been waiting to sip on a hot cup of cocoa, cuddle up and watch movies with your partner and prepare delicious cookies, cake, and wine. Enjoying the holidays with a baby might seem impossible, but with these tips, you might be able to participate in the holidays and celebrate your baby at the same time. Scroll below to read the 5 best ways to survive this festive season with your newborn:
1. Set Real Expectations
Your holiday rituals might have to be altered this year. It might be a tradition for you to party until midnight or beyond, but with a baby by your side, you will have to change this tradition to suit your baby’s comfort. No matter how much you love a particular holiday, your baby’s health, comfort, and protection are what matters most. Therefore, instead of completely cutting off the holiday traditions, do it in moderation, keeping in mind that you have a baby so you don’t miss out on the fun.
2. Plan In Advance
Having a baby changes your life to a large extent. Everything you do and everything you want to do revolves around your baby, who is now your priority. Therefore, make sure that you have a plan in place for how you want to spend your holiday. By planning, you can be prepared for what your baby needs. If you plan to travel (which is not advised during a pandemic), ensure that you pack everything that your baby will need with extra masks, sanitizers and gloves.
3. Do Not Be Afraid To Ask For Help
Being a new parent is tough. Juggling between a baby, sleeplessness, exhaustion, and frustration is not an easy task. If you have friends or family members who are willing to lend a helping hand, do not be afraid to reach out. Most people know what a struggle it is to raise a baby, especially during the first year. Therefore, ask for help when you need it and do not be ashamed.
4. Be Prepared For Unsolicited Advice
Everyone becomes an expert about babies the minute you have one of your own. Your friends, relatives, and even your own mother will bombard you with unsolicited advice. “Don’t do this, feed your baby this, that might be harmful for you, are you sure about that” are some of the things that you start to hear. While it might sound condescending, try not to lose your cool because it comes from a place of concern and care.
5. Don’t Forget To Take Care Of Yourself
Finally, one of the most important things to remember is to take care of yourself. Your baby entirely depends on you, and unless you are hale and hearty, you cannot cater to your baby’s needs. Therefore, don’t forget to stay hydrated, take rest, and get sufficient sleep.
Holidays can be a fun and exciting time. But with a baby, it can get quite stressful. However, there is no reason for you to hold off on having fun and enjoying your favorite season of the year. With a few tricks and tips, you can sail through the holidays with ease and comfort. We hope our article helped you. Share it with fellow new parents so they can enjoy the coming season too.