Tips On Surviving The Holidays With A Newborn
Newborns can be a handful, especially for new parents. When you add the stress of the holiday season to the equation, ordinary experiences like plane travel, long drives or holiday dinner can seem too tough to deal with. While it's not enough of an issue to make you stay home and skip your holiday altogether, it helps to have a game plan prepared and a few tricks up your sleeves (plural, because you'll need more than one) to get you through the holidays. Start thinking about how to get through the holiday season with these tips on surviving holiday festivities with a newborn.
It might not end up being the worst holiday experience you have with your newborn, but it's at the top of every parent's nightmare list if their holiday plans require long drives or plane rides. The important thing to understand is that there are going to be hiccups. Newborns might start screaming on the plane, timing will never be perfect when it comes to naptime, changings and feeding, and some strangers won't be shy to share their annoyance and "expert" opinions. Just take a deep breath. The screaming will stop. The plane will land. The stranger grumbling in the aisle seat will be forgotten by the time you reach baggage claim. Focus on you and your baby.
The plane has landed or the vehicle has finally pulled into your parents' driveway. The traveling is done, but the fun is just beginning. And honestly, it should be fun. You wouldn't make the trip halfway across the country if there wasn't a single thing you were looking forward to. For new parents, it might be the first time you're introducing baby to a wider range of family. Yet, with all the holiday plans, many of which aren't crafted by you, the schedule you've worked to perfect thus far in your baby's life can abruptly change. Just remember you don't have to alter your schedule too much just to participate. It's better to stay on schedule as well as you can.
With a newborn, the holidays are likely the first time you'll be introducing your baby to family, particularly extended family. Everyone will want their fair share of time with your newborn, so plan on your baby getting plenty of attention. Parents, grandparents, aunts, cousins, even that distant second cousin you've only met once before might want to overwhelm you with advice for which you haven't asked. Older children will need to be coached on the proper way to hold their tiny relative, and almost everyone will need to be coached on hand sanitizer and boundaries.
If you're taking your newborn to a family member's house during the holidays, don't expect the destination to be as custom designed as the personalized wine totes you made for your siblings. If your baby is already on the move, you're going to have to keep a very close eye on them. You won't always be able to contain them in a pop-up crib or playpen. This is especially true when a relative is put in charge and playing with your baby. Know who to trust with your newborn and who might need a second pair of eyes, and designate a safe, quiet area wherever you end up.
There's a big difference between surviving the holidays and enjoying the holidays. While there are many circumstances that will seem out of your control, as long as you stay focused on what is important, keep your spirits up, and try to maintain a sense of humor, you might find yourself enjoying the holidays instead of just surviving. Get your holiday planning started early with LTD Commodities. Find Christian gifts for women, outdoor essentials for men and gift bags to wrap everything up when the shopping is done.