Last Christmas, Thomas was 8 weeks old and he was generally pretty good most of the time. However, we committed one fatal mistake as new parents over the festive period – we took Thomas out of routine and that meant for most of January, we suffered for it. Instead of waking up once in the night, he would wake up a couple of times and he started teething too which made it even worse. However, to help new parents this year, HiPP Organic have some tips for surviving Christmas with a baby:
1. Set a present budget for baby and stick to it!
They’ll probably be more interested in the boxes and bows anyway!
Plan ahead and put your guests in charge of special jobs. Photography is a great one to hand over – you won’t have time and will want a record of this special day!
3. Rule The Routine
One of the benefits of hosting Christmas is that you can do it on your terms and time dinner around baby’s routine. Use nap time to prepare the veggies, to enjoy your own meal or open presents.
4. One Christmas Outfit Just Isn’t Enough
Have a couple of Christmas outfits in reserve for baby and for you – just in case baby spreads more than just joy this Christmas!
5. Say ‘Yes’
If anyone suggests they bring a dish or a side order accept their offer. It will make your life easier and allow you to spend more time with your family.
6. Baby Proof The Tree
Avoid decorating the lower branches of the tree. Baubles are really tempting to babies, so make sure they are out of reach.
7. Teach Them How To Share
If you have two sets of grandparents coming they will all want to spend time with their baby grandchild. Consider giving them a specific baby related role on the day to ensure they get their fix!
8. Give Baby A Break
Whilst babies love attention, too much from different people at once could make them irritable and fractious, so make sure they get their quiet time too.
9. Keep A Watchful Eye
If older children are sharing your day watch out for unwrapped presents with small pieces that baby could get hold of.
10. Have a HiPPy Christmas!
Get some jars of baby food in so that if you are in a rush, your baby can still be fed!
HiPP Organic have kindly agreed to let me giveaway a hamper worth £50 of their organic baby food to one lucky reader or Twitter follower. To enter all you need to do is leave a comment on this post if you are not on Twitter or if you are on Twitter, please tweet the following and you will automatically be entered.
‘I would like to win @HiPPOrganic hamper from @Jos_Nursery’
Please add the age of your baby to the end of the tweet too.
You have from now until 5pm on 1st January 2013 to enter. Good Luck!
This competition has now closed. Thank you to everyone who entered. The winner will be announced on 2nd January
Terms and Conditions
- Only 1 entry per person using Twitter or by leaving a blog comment
- The competition closes at 5pm on 1st January 2013
- The winner will be selected using random.org and will be contacted asap after the competition closes.
- If the winner does not resp0nd within 5 days, then another winner will be selected and contacted.
- The prize will be delivered by HiPP Organic and is not the responsibility of Jo’s Nursery
- Any questions or queries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Disclosure: I received a spa gift set from HiPP Organic for putting the tips onto my blog and for hosting the giveaway.