Thanksgiving is a time for joy and
happiness with the people you love the most. This also means dealing with the stress
of getting everything perfect and making sure that everyone is comfortable at
With a newborn baby, you just spent most of
the year dealing with enough stress. Giving birth, coping with postpartum
recovery and getting used to sleepless nights are all still fresh. The last
thing you want is to spend Thanksgiving completely overwhelmed because you
weren’t fully prepared for your baby’s first big family outing.
Along with the usual stress that follows
large get-togethers, this year you’ll be introducing your baby to all your family
and friends. We put together a short list of tips that we hope will help
alleviate the stress and make this Thanksgiving the best experience possible.
1 – Enjoy a Quiet Morning
Having an uneventful morning is ideal on
the big day. The evening will be quite busy and it’s just as exhausting on your
baby as it is on you. Try to have a routine morning that involves a basic
breakfast and a lot of relaxing.
You don’t want to overwhelm your baby
before the party even begins. Chances are, everyone will want to meet your baby
and this can be very exhausting for your newborn. Make sure they are fully
awake and ready for the big event.
2 – Don’t Worry About
When it comes to any family gathering, we
often want to make everything perfect. However, it’s even more important now
that you have a newborn to take a step back and breathe. It’s okay if the
turkey isn’t cooked to perfection or if the table cloth is a little off center.
What matters the most is that you all have
an enjoyable time and that you think of yourself and the baby. Ask your family
to help out by bringing a dish or if you’re going to someone else’s place, take
a breather and sit down. Enjoy the evening and don’t over-do it.
3 – Make Sure to Over-Pack
One crucial thing you’ll want to remember
when traveling for Thanksgiving (or any outing for that matter) is to
over-pack. You don’t want to have to run out of diapers right as you sit down
Pack onesies, milk, diapers, towels,
bottles, pacifiers, blankets, rash cream, bibs, wipes and anything else that
you may need. Even if you probably won’t use it, bring it. You’re better to
bring more than less. Diaper bags are big – make sure you get the most out of
4 – Naps are Just as
Through the rushing around and making sure not
to forget anything important, we often tend to forget the most important thing
of all – sticking to our regular routines. This is especially important for a
newborn. Throughout the first few weeks of their lives, you have begun
installing a nap routine. Your baby is used to this routine and needs their nap
to be in a good mood for the rest of the day.
It’s important that you put your baby down
for a nap at your usual time, even if you’re rushing around and getting
everything ready. Not allowing your child to nap at their regular time will
mess with their inner clock and will make the evening much more difficult on
both you and your child.
5 – Keep Your Child Busy
You should make sure to pack many things to
keep your child busy throughout the evening. The attention span of your baby is
much shorter than yours, so you’ll need to bring as many toys and books as you
can. If you can fit a portable baby swing in your car, that’s a huge plus.
Bringing books is great for downtimes, such
as after dinner. You can find a quiet area and read to them to keep them
entertained. Bring their favorite toys so they can stay busy while you’re socializing.
As long as you have enough toys and books to keep your baby busy, you should be
able to easily avoid never-ending crying episodes.
6 – Pack a Variety of
When travelling, you should always pack a
nice variety of clothes. You never know how warm or chilly it will be at the
house you are visiting. Some people have cooler households, whereas some prefer
to crank up the heat.
You’ll want to pack some onesies, long
pyjamas and clothing for all temperatures. Especially if it’s winter – it can
get pretty cold in the car on the drive to your gathering. Make sure you have
enough blankets and covers to keep your little one nice and warm at all times.