Christmas holidays are usually a crazy season! What do I mean? There are a lot of things to plan, children to take care of, places to visit, people to catch up with – a whole lot of activities lined up in front of you. And then, amid all the craziness, a newborn shows up. So how do you enjoy the holidays with a newborn and still make the most of the season? I’m going to show you how to do that.
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Tips on enjoying the holidays with a newborn
Taking care of a newborn is a hassle on its own. Newborns require a lot of attention, care and affection. Also, you’ll need to take good care of yourself after childbirth. But, even with all these, it’s possible to make the most out of the holidays if a newborn comes into the picture. But how?
Cut down your expectations.
First, let go of the thought that this holiday season would be the same as previous ones. It won’t be the same. A lot will change. If it were just you and hubby last year, and you both had the best Christmas, it might not be the same this year.
You’ve welcomed a new family member, and you’re probably recovering (physically) and adjusting (mentally) in some way. But, there’s no way about it: this year will be different. But being different doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Does it?
It’s just unwise to have all of the same plans as previous years since you’ll be disappointed if they don’t materialise. Instead, make plans for the holidays with your baby in the picture because it’s not a surprise that they came into existence.
Make sure your partner is involved.
There are many things that parents wish to do with their children during their first Christmas season. Make sure hubby is involved. I know you’re a superwoman, and you don’t want to stress your hubby, but teamwork is always advisable.
Things will get busy, and you want to make sure you’re helping each other as much as you can. It’s critical to sit down with your partner and talk about your shared holiday goals so that you may form strategies to make them a reality. Communication is key! Discuss.
It might be challenging to finish all of your Christmas shopping, attend various family gatherings, and balance life as a new parent. Allow others to assist you, even if it’s only a trip to the supermarket or babysitting while you shower.
You need help. Lots of it! Luckily it’s the holiday season, so some of your relatives will be away from school, work or family. You can always reach out for help.
Avoid the avoidable:
If you’re overwhelmed with visitors, set a time limit for them or designate one day a week for relatives and friends to see you and the baby.
Extended family members are likely to be as excited as you are to spend the holidays with your child. But don’t feel pressured to go to every party you’re invited to or that you have to invite everyone over. This is a special time, so don’t feel bad about wanting to spend it with simply your partner and child.
Have some “Me Time”
Trust me; stress will come! If you already have children, the pressure will be times two. Not to scare you, though.
However, amidst all of this, you’re still you, and you need to look after yourself. Always set aside at least one hour each week throughout the holidays to prioritise yourself. Allowing yourself this “me time” can help you rejuvenate and refocus on the holiday season. Don’t feel bad about it, either.
Don’t forget what the season is all about
During your child’s first holiday season, try not to get overly overwhelmed or pushed in too many directions. Please! Always remind yourself every day to focus on your child and how precious it is to be a family at this time of year.
Like I said earlier, avoid being pushed in too many directions. You will need to do so many things this season, but remember to cherish moments with your child. Cherish every moment. Take pictures. Be happy. Don’t get all worked up every time. As they always say, “Body no be firewood.”
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Welcoming a newborn is a delight! It’s even more delightful when they’re born in this season. It’s a great thing to behold! Do not see it as added stress, but see it as an opportunity to enjoy the holidays even more!
Here’s what I’ll leave you with Mamma: You can enjoy the holidays with your newborn. You just have to know what to do. The tips I have shared above will help you act on them.
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