6 ORIGINAL WAYS TO CELEBRATE BABY’S FIRST CHRISTMAS
Baby’s first Christmas has got to be the most special one of all. Not only because it gives us an excuse to capture memories and start traditions, but it’s also a super special time of year to bond with you bub.
Whether you have a newborn nipper or a boisterous toddler, here are 5 special ways to celebrate baby’s first Christmas
1) Baby’s first Christmas: Book a Christmas photoshoot
Due to all the ups and downs of Covid, it’s just possible your missed your chance at a professional newborn shoot. Fear not, Christmas is a wonderful excuse to hit up your local photography studio and book in for some lovely festive snaps.
If bub is really young you can ask your photographer to do something super cute like placing baby in a wrapped gift box with a big bow on their back. If they’re a little bigger and able to sit up, a jolly jumper and Santa hat is always a winner.
The added bonus of this is that if you have older children you can get them in on the action to and kill two birds with one stone by capturing baby’s first Christmas and also getting an updated family photoshoot to boot.
2) Baby’s first Christmas: Make hand and footprint decorations
Whether you DIY-it with some salt dough, or opt for a professional job, getting imprints of your baby’s hands and feet is a wonderful way to create a festive masterpiece that will stand the test of time.
These are particularly lovely during the festive season because you can make them into Christmas decorations to hang on the tree.
There’s no better way to mark baby’s first Christmas than with a hand and footprint decoration.
3) Baby’s first Christmas: Mark baby’s height and make it into a decoration
Another great Christmas decoration idea is to mark baby’s height and make it into a tree trinket. We love this because it’s so much more original than simply marking it on the door frame (plus it means you don’t mess up your lovely paint work!).
All you need to do is to measure your baby’s height with a piece of string or ribbon (go red, green or gold to keep up the festive vibes). Then roll it up and tuck it into an empty, clear bauble. Attach a tag marking the date and each year.
4) Baby’s first Christmas: Buy a personalised ornament
DIY is not for everyone so don’t feel like you need to don an apron and set up your crafting table. Etsy and Not On The High Street is full to the brim with gorgeous ornaments you can tailor to baby’s first Christmas.
You can go simple and just put their name and the year or go a little fancier and add their photo and even their birth weight and height.
5) Baby’s first Christmas: Buy a special book
Books are always great presents but why not start creating a Christmas library? Each year, gift your little one with a new book with a Christmas theme. Make sure you write a note inside the cover and put the date, so in years to come you can look back on them.
One of our absolute favourites is Dear Santa by Rod Campbell. This lovely little tome from the writer of Dear Zoo is a lift-the-flap book is bright, bold and has a touch-and-feel surprise at the end.
6) Baby’s first Christmas: Create a Christmas jar
Instead of the typical Advent Calendar make an activity-based countdown jar. It’s really simple, all you have to do is collect 24 strips of red and green paper and write out special activities to do with baby each day.