No matter what, Christmas is such a special time of year, but now you have a baby it’s even more so. Here are some ideas to help you make bub’s first Christmas magical and also one to remember for years to come.
1. Buy a keepsake tree ornament
Christmas ornaments are taken out every year and give us all the warm and fuzzies. Mark your baby’s first Christmas with a special ornament that will remind you of his birth and first Christmas. We love these too-cute onesie ornaments by Etsy maker, Quintessence Designed.
2. Take a cute Santa hat photo
Your bubba will never be as tiny and cute as he is on his very first Christmas. It’s the perfect excuse to buy him one of these adorable crocheted Santa hats, and snap him sleeping in it as peacefully as an angel. The hat will make a very sweet Christmas ornament in years to come and is guaranteed to make you both say, “Awww, remember!” when you pull it out every year.
3. Send out a ‘baby’s first Christmas’ card
Celebrate the new baby in your family by treating everyone on your Christmas card list to a special snap of your new arrival, or one of your new little family all together. You can do this old-school by getting your favourite photo printed into a card or sending it electronically via email. Even if you don’t usually do Christmas cards, do it this year; you and everyone you know will love it.
4. Dress your little one up for Christmas
There’s nothing cuter than a baby wearing a Christmas outfit! There’s loads of adorable Christmas clothing available – we found this gorgeous Rudolph ensemble at Target – but just make sure it will be cool to wear on a hot Australian Christmas Day and be sure too to pack a spare outfit for when your baby inevitably spills cranberry sauce all over it.
5. Start a new family tradition
You both probably have some favourite family traditions from your childhoods to enjoy with your new family member, but think up a new one to mark the special occasion of your baby joining your tribe. We love this idea of leaving a key out for Santa if you don’t have a chimney. It’s sweet and as your little one grows, he’ll love putting the key out.
6. Get him his own special stocking
This is his special stocking that you’ll pull out year after year, so look for something you love. Go for something small if stockings are just for trinkets, little toys and sweets in your house and something roomier if it is going to hold actual presents.
7. Make DIY foot and hand print decorations
Create your own adorable tree ornaments using your bebe’s tiny tootsies and hands. This sweet idea is by Eighten25. You could also do the same thing to make your own gift tags or Christmas cards.
8. Line up for a Santa photo
A yearly Santa photo isn’t just a fun tradition, it will also mark your child’s age as you look back over them, just like the yearly school photo does. For a good Santa photo, make sure you time it for when your baby isn’t hungry or tired. If he has fallen asleep though, sleepy photos with the man in the red suit are very cute too.
9. Splurge on some Christmas PJs
Okay, so your baby may only wear these for a few weeks, but cute jammies make for very adorable photos! How sweet will he look on Christmas morning opening his pressies in his festive PJs? We love these Grinchy pjs from Peter Alexander.