Are you concerned about the upcoming
holidays and what it will be like with your newborn?
Going from one family dinner to another and
one party to another is stressful for adults, but it’s even worst when you have
a newborn. The holidays are crazy – you spend most of your time travelling,
hosting parties and attending dinner events.
However, it doesn’t have to be so
difficult. We’re going to share a few holiday secrets to help make surviving
these holidays so much easier.
Be Open to Canceling Plans
During the holiday season, it’s normal for
most of us to make way too many plans. From numerous get-togethers to diner
parties and family gatherings, we often overwhelm ourselves. However, with a
newborn, you should be open to canceling plans if needed. Whether your child
gets sick, you spend a sleepless night or just don’t feel up for it – don’t
feel bad about missing an event or two.
Skip the Decorating
You may be used to going overboard with
decorations, but it’s totally fine if you skip it this year. You don’t have to
put up so many lights this year or add a reef to your door. Try to keep the decorating
to a minimum, which will make your life a lot easier. It’ll also make putting
the decorations away a little easier too.
Keep Everything Simple
It’s a good idea to keep all your holiday
activities to a minimum. For instance, rather than going all out with
groceries, it’s a good idea to get take out instead. Instead of getting
personalized gifts for everyone, go ahead and give gift cards instead, which
makes buying gifts a lot easier. When buying desert, get store-bought deserts that
are all ready to eat.
Let Your Family Bring the
Party to You
Travelling is one of the most difficult
parts of the holidays with a newborn. However, hosting a party yourself is also
very exhausting. A great alternative to both of these options is to ask your
friends and family to bring the party to your house. Ask everyone to bring a
plate of food and ask some people to arrive early to help you set up
everything. This prevents you from having to travel, but also removes the need
to host a full party on your own.
Set Some Rules
It’s a good idea to set some rules or
guidelines before the party. Maybe you don’t want everyone touching your baby
(to avoid getting them sick) or maybe you want to leave before 9pm without
having your family make a big deal about it. Whatever you want to set in place,
make sure to be clear about everything before attending the party.
Feel Free to Sleep Over
If you’re travelling these holidays, you
may want to ask your family members if you could sleep over instead of heading
home late at night. Most people will be more than happy to have you stay over
for the night rather than taking the road late at night. This makes it a lot
easier when you have a newborn because you can set them down to bed and you can
go relax whenever you begin feeling tired.