Baby’s First Christmas

Picture the happy, heartwarming, festive scene: it’s Christmas day and the family gather round in anticipation as the new mom opens Baby’s gifts on this, his first Christmas. The baby is either sleeping, or at best semi-attentive and drooling (much like Great Uncle Albert who had one too many pre-dinner sherries). The gift wrap falls from present #1 to reveal a super cute sleeper with ‘My First Christmas’ emblazoned on the chest. Cue the ooohs and aaaahs from the audience. Present #2 is an even cuter teddy with ‘Baby’s first Christmas’ stamped on its paw. Present #3 is a not so cute, in fact rather gaudy, felt star Christmas tree decoration embroidered with, guess what? Yup, ‘Baby’s 1st Christmas’. And so the ‘First Christmas’ gifts follow – a hat, a onesie, a bib. The next step: the poor unsuspecting little mite is bundled up in all his first Christmas paraphernalia and blinded by the flash of five cameras taking pictures simultaneously. Sure, it’s adorable, but to be frank, what use are these gifts after December 26th?

Baby has no idea whatsoever what his first Christmas is about, look at him – he’s already gone back to sleep after spitting up on his Christmas outfit (as has Great Uncle Albert), so if there’s a new baby in your family this Christmas, here’s a thought: why not stick to more practical gifts? Boring? Maybe. Saving money and resources in tough times? Definitely.

We thought we’d throw out a few suggestions of practical gifts to buy for Baby’s First Christmas. It’s a good idea to also consult with the new parents and other relatives to avoid duplicate toys or too much clothing in the same size.

  • Club together with other family members and buy a bigger, useful item of baby kit like a high chair, Exersaucer, baby carrier, Jolly Jumper OR
  • A really cool diaper bag such as Petunia Pickle Bottom (OK, technically it’s for mom, but Baby will benefit from mom being extra contented when she’s toting her chic accessory)
  • Buy clothes that will fit later down the line. If everyone buys clothes that fit now it will be a waste, so instead buy something that will fit in the spring.
  • For maximum usage, buy toys that baby can grow into rather than something for now.
  • Supplies such as diapers, wipes or formula
  • Something innovative that mom wouldn’t necessarily buy for herself (e.g. an organizing journal from HealthPod, funky baby food containers from Wean Green)
  • A family pass to the local zoo or aquarium.
  • Gymboree classes for the Spring or Summer.
  • A photo session to capture some baby or family memories.
  • Photo frames to show off the favorite baby pics.
  • Fun kids’ CDs or soothing baby music to help with getting Baby to sleep.

There is one more special and inexpensive gift that you can give when there’s a new baby in the house at Christmas. Give your time and help. Offer to baby-sit so the new parents can go out or simply take a break. Healthy, happy, relaxed parents make the perfect Christmas gift for a new baby.

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