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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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Baby’s First Not-So-Scary Halloween

Baby’s First Not-So-Scary Halloween

Baby’s First Not-So-Scary Halloween

Halloween is a holiday of thrills and chills. Frightening decorations and scary haunted sites amuse and entertain the little kid in all of us. Somehow, they are not so entertaining for actual little kids. Babies, too young to understand why being scared is sometimes a good thing, might be especially affected by seemingly harmless costumes and decorations. So how do you make Halloween not-so-scary?

For babies, keep the costume simple. While it is tempting to put your little one in the cutest and most elaborate costume, babies will feel confined and hot and that will only lead to an irritable little one. Try using a simpler costume with a minimal amount of accessories.

Don’t expect too much from your little pumpkin. It is a possibility that they may not feel like wearing a costume that night, trick-or-treating might come in the middle of nap time, or they could play shy. You can dress your cherub up in their costume and take pictures any time. Don’t get overly upset. Have a piece of candy or two as a consolation prize.

If you don’t want to be part of the trick-or-treaters this year, that’s okay too. You can dress your little one up for a harvest day party, push their stroller as part of a parade, or just dress up to stay home and give out candy.

Have a safe, fun, and not-so-scary Halloween!

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