Your baby’s first Christmas is undoubtedly a very special occasion. We’ve collected some of our favourite ideas to help make your first family Christmas one you’ll remember forever.
Forget perfection, enjoy the moment
First things first – your baby’s first Christmas will come and go all too quickly. There can be a lot of pressure to create the ‘perfect’ Christmas, but your little one’s first year isn’t the time to stress about unimportant things. So take a back seat in the preparations, ask visitors to help out, and make sure it’s a day about family, not frills.
Light up their world
Baby’s may not understand the Christmas excitement, but all the twinkling lights and sparkling tinsel will certainly catch their attention. Put up some pretty lights in your home and take the opportunity to stop and look at them when you’re out and about together.
Create new traditions
While it’s wonderful to carry on Christmas traditions from your own childhood, it can also be lots of fun to start new ones with your new baby. Leaving out reindeer food, hanging out a magic key for Santa, or curling up with a favourite festive story – whatever you decide to do now, it could easily become a part of your family history.
First Christmas book
Wintertime is never better than when you’re snuggled up on Christmas Eve. This fully personalised first Christmas storybook from Letterfest is filled with unique details – you can even choose the skin colour that best suits your child!
Get a cosy snowsuit
If your family will be spending time in the great outdoors this Christmas, either plenty of layers or a snuggly snowsuit will keep your little one toasty warm. We love this Mantaray Woodland Snowsuit from Debenhams (on sale for £26.60 at the time of writing).
They may be too young to enjoy opening their presents, but now is a good time to choose or make a stocking that you’ll both love to hang out year after year. This cute little knitted number is from The White Company.
Make a baby-friendly Christmas Eve Box
Christmas Eve boxes are all the rage. They can be as cheap or luxurious as you like, but for babies, it’s all about including practical items like a super-soft blanket that they can use right now or keepsakes that they’ll appreciate when they are older. Pushed for time? Here’s a ready-made baby-friendly Christmas Eve box filled with a blanket, hate and several keepsake items for you and your little one to treasure as they grow.
Snuggly Christmas PJs
It would hardly be Christmas without a pair of festive PJs to cuddle up in on Christmas Eve. We love this cute Rd Reindeer sleepsuit from JoJo Maman Bebe for £17.00.
For those households where weaning is well underway, you may be wondering what to give your baby for Christmas dinner. Adult meals are often far too salty to be pureed, so we love this Jingle Belly Christmas Dinner pouch by Ella’s Kitchen. Suitable for 7 months +, the pouch contains turkey and all the usual trimmings – potatoes, carrots, parsnips, cranberries, and even sprouts!
For every pack Ella’s Kitchen make from the sales of these pouches, 25p goes to FareShare who support UK families affected by food poverty
Celebrate your baby’s first Christmas memories with a keepsake ornament. You can make this yourself (if you’re feeling crafty), but there are tonnes of beautiful options to buy too. As it’s such a special item, choose a good quality ornament that will stand the test of time. The Drifting Bear Co. has a lovely range with both ‘Baby’s 1st Christmas’ decorations and ‘1st Family Christmas’ items, too.
NSPCC letter from Santa
For a £5 suggested donation you can get a personalised letter from Santa and help out a worthwhile charity at the same time. The NSPCC will pass on your child’s details to the man in red and you will receive a lovely keepsake that will be treasured for years to come.
Among all the baby toys and clothes your little one is bound to receive this year, an heirloom gift can be a lovely way to mark this special milestone. A crochet blanket, silver bracelet, or a hand-carved wooden rattle are all popular choices. Here’s a lovely example from Roma Rattles.
Travelling with a baby
If you will be making a long journey to visit family this Christmas and New Year, a little planning can make it less of a struggle for both you and your baby. Check out our extensive hints, tips and information for travelling with young children.