Keeping things under control during silly season.
Christmas time with a new baby can be exciting and overwhelming for any parent.
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End of year functions, traffic, overcrowded shopping malls and overbearing family members are already some of the less favoured parts of the festive season. Having a newborn to deal with at the same time takes some serious skills.
But there's nothing cuter than a Christmas baby and you'll want to embrace and enjoy as much of this as possible.
So here are some helpful tips and advice on how to make the most of Christmas with your newborn:
Survival kit bag
Make sure this is regularly stocked up with all your baby's essentials (nappies, wet wipes, dummies) and reinforcements (toys, baby biscuits etc). There's nothing worse than getting halfway through your Christmas shopping and you can't find the dummy for your screaming baby.
Other useful items:
- Plastic bags
- First aid kit
- Extra bottles and formula
Read more: Online shopping for parents
This is becoming more popular in South Africa and far more convenient for parents with newborns. Most major retail stores now have online services for those who have their hands full at Christmas.
Not only is shopping online convenient because you don't need to leave your home, you also won't be spending hours in the mall, giving you more time to spend bonding with baby over Christmas.
Ask for help
Don't be afraid to ask a friend, family member or babysitter to watch your little one for a few hours if you have something to do or even if you just need a break. If you don't want to spend a long time away from your baby, get someone to go with you to help take care of your baby.
Take care of yourself
Adjust your expectations as to what you can and can't be responsible for over the Christmas period. Hosting Christmas day or a holiday function is probably going to get you into a complete fluster if you have a newborn to take care of too. Learn to say no and don't create more work for yourself by committing to too many events and other responsibilities.
Make sure you're eating well too so that you have enough energy to keep you healthy over the festive season.
Don't let visitors kiss your newborn baby
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Cold sores and fever blisters don't generally pose any threat to your health but they can be fatal for newborn babies. The herpes virus is extremely contagious and babies less than 4 months old can end up with serious complications if the virus is passed on to them. Educate friends and family members about this, there's no need to feel awkward or confrontational but it's important for more people to know this.
Don't abandon your routine and schedules
With so much going on during silly season it's easy to delay sleep times (or to leave your baby sleeping for longer than they should). Try stick to your baby's regular sleeping patterns and avoid staying up too late with family wants your baby is asleep.
Get all your meals in at the right time of the day so that you avoid those microwave and take away meal.
What survival tactics do you have in mind for Christmas with your little one? Send us your comments to email@example.com.