There are so many milestones during baby's first year with the holiday season definitely ranking up there on the list. It's an exciting time for first time parents and many families want to remember their first holiday and use it as a starting point for family traditions for years to come. It can be an overwhelming time for new families, too. With extended family to visit and the usual craziness that comes with having a new baby, the holidays can also be stressful. By honing in on a few special ways to make the holidays memorable, you'll be able to cut out the noise and focus on what really counts--family time. Here, our tips on how to make the holidays special with a new baby in the house.
Satisfy Your Urge to Dress Baby Up
Go ahead and buy those cute holiday-inspired pajamas that caught your eye. You only have one chance to capture baby's first holiday on film so might as well make it count. Create some Instagram-worthy moments by dressing your littles in fun and festive holiday PJs. We love the "Be Merry" long-sleeved onesie pictured above from Camp Light Apparel. Don't forget to use their DockATot Deluxe to hold baby in place for their photos--either on their back or in a tummy time pose.
Create One of a Kind Memories
Whether you're Ms. Pinterest or not, there are easy ways you can commemorate baby's first holiday regardless of how crafty you are. We love the idea of creating an ornament or holiday keepsake using baby's hand or finger prints. There are kits you can buy online or at your local craft store to help out. Other fun ideas include creating a Christmas tree or Haunukkah menorah out of their hand prints using finger paints.
Start Your Own Family Traditions
We all have our own traditions from when we were kids, but there's no time better than your first holiday together as a family to begin creating your own special memories. Some of favorite family-friendly fun ideas: Take a drive (or a walk with baby in the stroller) around the neighborhood to see some of the holiday lights; read your favorite kid-friendly story; listen to your favorite holiday tunes on Spotify; play your most loved board game or bake a batch of your most-requested yummy eats.
However you choose to celebrate the holidays, we'd love to see your little ones in their DockATots getting in the festive mood. Don't forget to tag @dockatot in your social posts!