The first Christmas we get to spend with our babies is always going to be special. Long-awaited, often since even before they were conceived and certainly before they were born, so when the big day finally arrives, it’s always a joy to do something a little different to really mark the occasion. After all, you only get a first Christmas once!
You’ll have all your stocking stuffers and Christmas gifts ready to go by now, but there’s so much more than presents that can be incorporated into Christmas Day to make sure that your baby has the most magical first Christmas EVER. And there will be lots for mum and dad to enjoy, from this moment and for many more years to come, too.
From getting crafty to making memories, here are the top five Babycup ways to make baby’s first Christmas extra special…
Have a Festive Photoshoot
A beautiful photo will always be a worthwhile keepsake, capturing a moment and a memory in such a way that will jolt you right back to that moment in time even if it’s 50 years in the future. Plenty of families have a Christmas photo-shoot on the run up to the 25th to get images to send out as cards to family and friends. But getting that excitement of a first stocking, Grandma’s expression as she opens a gift or the fun of pulling crackers on camera just for you to keep without any pressure of getting ‘the perfect picture’ can be such a joy!
Don’t worry if you don’t have a pro camera – using a disposable or polaroid is actually really fun, so pop out to your local Walgreens today. Something about only getting one shot and then waiting for the photos to be developed after Christmas just adds to the whole thing.
Make a DIY Decoration
As your baby is so young this Christmas, you’ll want to have some activities to do to keep them happy and making DIY decorations to use next year is a great one!
Hand and/or footprints in clay have to be our favourites (a classic) or you could do some finger painting and have them put into personalized photo baubles in time for next Christmas.
Start a Family Tradition
This Christmas is your first of a lifetimes worth with your bundle of joy, so why not start a family tradition that you can carry on through.
Matching onesies for everyone, having one gift that you’ll bring out every year from now on or even a special Christmas Day activity like a family walk or carol singing might be the one for you. Get creative and discover your own.
Read Christmas Books
There are so many Christmas films available to watch on Netflix (many of them awesome and totally worth snuggling up in front of with a hot chocolate), but this year, turn off the screens for the most part and take in the pleasure of reading your baby some Christmas classics.
Obviously there are a lot of favourite books that will be a bit too old for your baby this year, but The First Christmas by Rod Campbell (Dear Zoo), Stick Man by Julia Donaldson (The Gruffalo) and Dream Snow by Eric Carle (The Very Hungry Caterpillar) are good starting points.
Relax with Family
Last but not least, the best way to make your baby’s first Christmas a truly special one is to forget everything on your to do list and simply relax and enjoy being around your loved ones.
Take time out and really connect with your family and friends. Show your baby what Christmas is all about – each other.