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Perfect Christmas Presents for Babies and the ones to Avoid

Perfect Christmas Presents for Babies and the ones to Avoid

Perfect Christmas Presents for Babies and the ones to AvoidChristmas is magical – a time of family gatherings, exchanging presents, singing carols, decorating a tree, and of course, shopping. For parents of babies, they can expect to be deluged with gifts that can range from cute and thoughtful to the strange and thoughtless. Here is a guide for shopping for that perfect baby gift and the ones to avoid.

Toys that will keep a baby interested even at a young age are simple toys that have contrasting colors or plays music with the touch of a large button. A rattle or teething toy would also be a welcome gift. If you are looking for toys that the baby will grow into, soft building blocks encourage creativity and development of small motor skills. A soft ball that can be kicked or thrown without causing damage in the house is another great option. Push toys like shopping carts or vacuum cleaners will develop newfound walking skills.

Anything with small parts or magnets is a bad idea. Babies put everything in their mouths. Toys that can be easily swallowed are dangerous. Make sure that the toy is the right age of the baby. Anything too easy or too difficult will not hold their attention. Keep in mind the size of the parents’ house before buying a large toy. Stuffed animals take up space and only a select few become favorites. The rest just collect dust.

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Traveling with a Baby during the Holidays

Traveling with a Baby during the Holidays

Traveling with a Baby during the HolidaysThe holiday season is nearly upon us. Some people love visiting relatives, long day or nights spent traveling, or having meals in different places. There is one specific group of people who dread all of this – new parents. Most would rather stay at home safely ensconced in their cocoon of new baby love than to take their infant out into the hustle and bustle. Traveling with a baby can be a nightmare. The amount of baby paraphernalia parents have to take is cumbersome. Add to that the danger of germs the baby will be exposed to and the disruption of schedules and you realize that holiday traveling can easily become a nightmare.

When traveling, make sure you pack the essentials. Try to have a checklist of all of the products you use every day. Don’t forget to bring a portable crib, blankets, a nightlight, and a favorite cuddle toy. Making any new place feel like home is essential. Pack an extra bottle of disinfecting hand gel and do not be embarrassed to insist that people use it before touching your baby. Try to keep your little one on the same schedule they are at home so there will be minimal disruption. If your baby is getting fussy, you can leave early. People generally understand and will not be offended. Stress free holiday travel is possible; it just takes some planning.

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Hosting Thanksgiving Dinner with a Newborn

Hosting Thanksgiving Dinner with a Newborn

 

Hosting Thanksgiving Dinner with a Newborn

Parent Planning Tips for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is about so many things: being thankful for our family and friends, savory dinners and sumptuous desserts, and long-standing family traditions. If one of those traditions happens to be that you are the host of Thanksgiving dinner every year, you know what stress is all about. If you are parents of a newb
orn, you are going to know stress on an intimate level. Cooking for a large group of people on just a few scant hours sleep can be a nightmare. It is okay, you can get through it.

Ask family members to help with the meal this year. You can still open your hearth and home as the family gathering spot, but perhaps this year, you only cook the turkey and let everyone else make the sides. They can also pitch in and clean up the inevitable mess that large gatherings leave behind. Tired? Leave the crowd to entertain themselves and get some rest. New moms need all the sleep they can get. Your guests will understand. Keep the visits short. Having too many people visiting the baby can be overwhelming for both of you and the baby will be exposed to a lot of germs.

If the mere thought of hosting Thanksgiving is causing panic attacks, skip it and order a pizza. Your new little family will be happier in the end.

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