This holiday season is extra special because you’re celebrating your baby’s first Christmas. It may be hard to figure out all the things you need to do this year, because you want to make sure you crossed all your T’s and dotted all your I’s. Plus, your baby can’t tell you exactly what they want yet. However, I share ways to celebrate your baby’s first Christmas, so you can make it memorable for you and your entire family.
Simple Ways to Celebrate Baby’s First Christmas
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First Christmas stuffed animal
My daughter had her first stuffed animal when she was born, but I wanted her to also have her first “Christmas” stuffed animal. For your baby’s first Christmas, consider getting a Build-A-Bear stuffed animal. Build-A-Bear is not just any stuffed animal. You get to customize your stuffed animal by picking out the clothes, accessories, scents, and voice sounds. They also sell clothing and accessories by occasion, so you can customize the stuffed animal with Christmas-themed clothing and accessories.
Take pictures with Santa for your baby’s first Christmas
I didn’t have my daughter take pictures with Santa when she was a baby. At the time, I figured there were other priorities. Now, I regret it. I’m glad I have her Santa pictures in the last few years, but I really wish I had her picture taken with Santa when she was a baby. Dressing up the baby for the first Santa picture can be very fun too. You can try different holiday outfits and accessories for the occasion.
Many communities have events that take place every December. What’s a community event that you can start taking your baby to every year? Some communities have events such as:
- Community Christmas tree lighting
- Holiday parades
- Christmas festivals
- Holiday fundraising events
Take lots of pictures at these events with your baby as a way to celebrate your baby’s first Christmas. It’s also a great way to start some Christmas family traditions with your baby.
Create your baby’s first stocking
I loved creating my baby’s first stocking. The stocking symbolized my baby’s first Christmas with me. I used glitter glue to create her name on the top of the stocking. However, there are other options to create your baby’s name, such as letter stickers and markers. Once you finish designing the stocking, you can fill it up with different goodies. Ideas include:
Unfortunately, teething can be a painful experience for some babies. This is where teethers can come in handy. Teethers can help soothe your baby and relieve pain during this time.
Some babies love the sound of rattle toys. Stuff your baby’s stocking with different rattle toys this year.
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Baby foot/hand print ornament
Celebrate your baby’s first Christmas this year by creating a handprint or footprint ornament. Make sure to use clay that is non-toxic. I love these ornaments because they are precious mementos you can hang on the Christmas tree every year.
Start a Christmas photo album or book
You’ve probably already started a photo album once your baby was born. This year, try doing a photo album, specifically for your baby’s first Christmas. For my daughter’s first Christmas, we took different pictures of her with Christmas gifts, in front of a tree, and other Christmas-related pictures. Then, we created a photo book through Shutterfly with all of her first Christmas pictures.
Christmas cards with the baby
Celebrate your baby’s first Christmas by designing Christmas cards with your baby in it. Think about the picture you want to use. Will it be a baby solo? Perhaps, you want a family picture. You could also do a mini-collage of baby and family pictures. Regardless of what you choose, your first baby Christmas card will be special.
Make a holiday journal
Time flies for most people, especially busy moms. It can be too easy to forget about things you did, places you visited, or moments you shared with your precious baby during the holiday season. Start a holiday journal and record all the festive things you did with your baby. Did you pick out your first Christmas tree together? Don’t forget to write about it. Did you attend a Christmas lights festival for the first time? Write about the experience in your holiday journal. These are all memories you want to treasure forever in a journal.
Read Christmas books for your baby’s first Christmas
There are so many great Christmas books you can read to your baby for their first Christmas. Plus, there are benefits in reading to your baby. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, there is evidence that children who are read to before kindergarten have stronger parent-child relationships and learn valuable language and literacy skills.
It’s also a great way to bond with your baby. Choose baby books with large pictures and bright colors to help get your baby’s attention.
The Disney Baby My First Christmas book is the perfect choice for reading to your baby for their first Christmas. It’s a small board book with “touch and feel” parts for sensory benefits.
Where is Baby’s Christmas Present is a lift-the-flap book that’s a great choice for your baby’s first Christmas. It has bright, colorful pages that babies will love to look at.
Celebrating Christmas with your new baby is a special time and opportunity for you and your family to create lasting memories and traditions. The holiday season goes by really quickly, so don’t forget to slow down sometimes and enjoy the small and precious moments you create with your baby’s first Christmas.
How about you? What are ways you celebrated your baby’s first Christmas?