Adding a newborn to the family at this time can be very exciting but also can be stressful, too. It will be amazing to have your new addition for their first Christmas Day.However, it may also be overwhelming during the celebrations and social gathering.
Here’s some tips to help ‘survive’ Christmas with less stress and enjoy the holiday
Take control of the day
Christmas will be different this year and it’s up to you to decide what you feel you can cope with and manage. It’s very important to limit socialisation with your newborn especially in this time of COVID. Definitely limit visitors and cuddles with your newborn. You need to decide what works best for you and your family. The day needs to revolve around you and your bab
Do you need to travel?
Families are spread all over the place.Christmas get-togethers might mean you have to travel. Make sure it’s your decision to travel and if possible try to have family come to you. Having a screaming newborn whilst driving can increase the stress levels even more.
Make sure you set the rules
Everybody will be very eager to meet your new addition and want cuddles. It’s up to you about how you manage this. Definitely have people wash/sanitize hands and don’t encourage the baby to be passed around. You need to be consistent with the rules you set. Also, never allow anyone feeling unwell to visit.
Feeding your baby can take time and often requires a peaceful/calm environment. Ensure you have a quiet room and ensure you have time to feed and settle your baby without interruptions. Don’t forget that you have to eat,too. Make sure you feed baby before lunch in the hope the baby will be full and settled(fingers crossed)
When you and baby need a break
All the cuddles and stimulation with different smells/voices can be overwhelming for a newborn. Watch your baby for cues that they’ve had enough. Take your baby to a quiet room and have some special bonding time. It’s important that you both have time to recover from the birth and your hormones can heighten emotions. Try to get as much sleep as possible. Ensure you look after yourself, too. Christmas celebrations can be spread out and don’t just have to be on the one day. Having a newborn is your first priority and it’s important everyone realises it…
If you have any questions or need further support please feel free to come in store and have a chat with me or book in for a free consultation.
Laura our baby nurse is instore at :
Eastern Creek on Thursday
North Kellyville on Wednesday
Colebee on Tuesday
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