Your baby’s first Christmas is undoubtedly a very special occasion, even though at the moment you’ll enjoy it far more than they will. We’ve collected some of our favourite ideas to help make your first family Christmas one you’ll remember forever.
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.
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.
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!
If your family will be spending time outdoors this Christmas, this snuggly Penguin Snowsuit from M&S (£26.00) will keep baby cosy no matter what the weather decides to do.
They may be too young to really enjoy opening their presents, but now is a good time to choose stocking that you’ll both love to hang out year after year. We like this one by My 1st Years. It features an envelope where children are able to place a letter to Father Christmas.
While it’s important to carry on Christmas traditions from your own childhood, it can also be lots of fun to start new ones with your new baby. Leave out reindeer food, watch a Christmas movie, hang out a magic key for Santa, make a Christmas Eve box, or curl up with a festive story – whatever you decide to do will become part of your family history.
Pushed for time? Here’s a ready made baby-friendly Christmas Eve box filled with keepsake items for you and your little one to treasure as they grow.
It would hardly be Christmas without a pair of festive PJs to cuddle up in on Christmas Eve. We love this cute Christmas pudding romper from The Essential One for £9.99.
For those household 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 month +, the pouch contains turkey and all the usual trimmings – potatoes, carrots, parsnips, cranberries, and even sprouts!
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Celebrate your baby’s first Christmas memories with a keepsake ornament. This little decoration from The Drifting Bear Co. will take pride of place on your tree, so it’s well worth choosing one that will stand the test of time.
Catch it on camera
Your baby’s first Christmas will come and go far too quickly – particularly if you’re still in the days of struggling to find a routine. Don’t forget to take lots of snaps and videos so can remember it all when the fog of tiredness has cleared.
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.