Your first Christmas with your new baby is one of life’s pure pleasures, but surviving the festive season with a newborn can also be pretty challenging.
The shock of looking after a precious little life can be overwhelming at the best of times, but when you factor in what is usually the busiest time of the year for most families, then it turn into an episode of insane shopping and cooking frenzy and can, if you’re not careful, push even the most organised of you over the edge!
Here’s our definitive ten-step guide to making sure that, by unwrapping a beautiful, festive family experience, it’s the turkey – not your goose – that’s cooked this Christmas!
Let the new family rules begin. Agree long in advance with everyone involved where the day will be spent, and make sure it’s the option that suits you and your new family situation best. This is one of those times where you can get away with breaking long-standing traditions and starting new ones. Make sure grandparents and other family members understand that this is about your NEW family – and that you need their cooperation if you try to change things. On the other hand, if you’re feeling the pressure of the new situation, let yourself be invited to someone else’s house, where they do all the work and you can just sit back and enjoy looking after your baby!
Let the postman be Santa this year. Calm, easy, and done-with-a-baby-on-lap-and-cup-of-tea-in-hand, online shopping is the new, easy solution to long queues in shopping centres. Just make sure you allow plenty of time for Christmas time delivery!
Remember that it’s the season for pulling crackers, not for pulling your hair out! Only your baby and your new family count….matching napkins and tablecloth don’t! If presents end up wrapped up in newspaper, just laugh and tell everyone it’s the new trend! If you get stressed out, your baby will pick up on the stress, so keep your cool.
There’s no such thing as a Superwoman, so don’t even try. Delegate wherever you can and keep it simple. There will be things that you can achieve and things that you can’t. Knowing the difference doesn’t make you a failure, it makes you a happy new mum.
New baby trumps old traditions. If it has always been the custom to visit fourteen sets of relatives over a three-day mince-pie mission from Christmas Eve to Boxing Day, now’s the time to change the customs. Everyone else might want to see your baby, but you can bet your bottom dollar that your baby will probably not want to see everyone else, so be selfish and do what’s right for you.
A new baby doesn’t know about Santa and doesn’t need anything for Christmas – apart from you – so do try to resist the urge to buy out Hamley’s. Your baby won’t understand what’s going on. Calm is all he or she will appreciate.