How To Survive (and enjoy) The Holiday Season Madness With Baby

Brace yourselves, the holiday season is here! It’s easy to be jolly when you were single or didn’t have any kids yet, but when Baby is here; things are and will be a lot more stressful. Here are a few tips on how to survive it all and enjoy it at the same time.

TIP #1: Tone Down The Perfection

You pride yourself on being the next Martha Steward, but if you want to survive the holiday season, then you need to tone it down a bit. With a new baby in tow, it’s perfectly okay to accept that you cannot do everything you used to do for the festive season.

Unless you have lots of in-house help, you don’t necessarily have to personalise every single gift, decorate the house from top to bottom or cook up a storm for the family reunion dinner. Your friends and family will understand that you have loads on your plate.

Our suggestion? Save your efforts for when the little one is old enough to appreciate it and can chip in for a family bonding time.

TIP #2: Keep To The Routine

Just because everybody else is celebrating doesn’t mean that your little one has to keep up. He will still need his usual feeds and naps, so make sure you stick to the schedule or you could have a very grumpy baby on your hands! If you foresee yourself reaching home late, then try to coincide the timing with your baby’s last feed so he can go to bed straight after that.

TIP #3: Keep The Jolly Mood

Ever noticed how kids seem to act up always and only when you are feeling frustrated and ready to lash out? Well, children are particularly sensitive to their parents’ mood. If you show that you have things under control, their attitudes and actions will follow similarly. In other words, manage your expectations and go with the flow as much as possible. The world won’t end just because things didn’t go the way you wanted it, so relax and have a good time with your baby dearest!

TIP #4: Allow Your Baby To Destress

The festive season can be quite stressful for your little one due to all the loud noises, new faces, and nonstop partying. That’s why it’s important to give your child the opportunity to let off steam. For instance, you can take him for a slow walk in the park or help him wind down before bedtime with a long bath of splashy games and cuddles after that. It will also allow you to de-stress from all the festivities as well, so it’s definitely a win-win for both of you.

TIP #5: Prepare The Gear

If the family tradition is to go visiting during the festive season, then we encourage you to prepare an arsenal of toys and books to keep your baby occupied. Sure, it’s easier to give the tiny tot your phone to play with, but trust us when we say it’s way more beneficial to engage them in simple games or sturdy board books that can withstand small hands and repeated gnawing.

TIP #6: See It Through Your Child’s Eyes

Sometimes a simple celebration may be just what your child needs this festive season. After all, he is too young to fully appreciate all the shebang that comes with the festive territory. One of the ways to do this is invent a unique tradition that’s also sustainable without having to spend loads of money.

For example, Christmas carolling at home will not only put everyone in the mood, it will also endear you to your precious bundle. Worried about your singing abilities? Fear not, for your baby will absolutely love your voice, whether you sound like the next Singapore Idol or tone-deaf. Plus, experts believe that singing to your baby could help him in developing language skills, so why not?

PS: There are loads of Christmas songs for babies available on YouTube so happy searching!

TIP #7: Take A Break

There’s a reason why some people prefer to escape it all by going on vacations during the holiday season. You may think otherwise, but it’s still important to take a break when necessary. In other words, don’t work yourself to the bone trying to fulfil some obscure desire to make everything perfect for the occasion.

Do whatever it takes to refresh your sanity e.g. some alone time with your favourite book and don’t feel obligated to be merry if you are in fact feeling down.

We get that parenting can be tough, and doubly so during the festive season but don’t let it get you down! Enjoy the occasion for what it’s really meant to be—a time for family and friends to get together and enjoy one another’s company. Above all, build precious memories with your baby so you can look back on this time with no regrets!

Not sure what to pack for the festive season? We came up with a handy checklist for you:

THE ESSENTIALS:

  • Diapers (one for each hour you’d be out plus a few more extras, just in case)
  • Wet wipes and tissue paper
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Changing pad
  • Plastic bags (for storing of dirty clothes, soiled diapers etc.)
  • Milk bottles with expressed breast milk or infant formula
  • Extra baby clothes (for inevitable spit-ups, food spills or poop explosions)
  • Pacifier or a personal item that comforts your baby
  • Baby blanket (good for multiple uses e.g. nursing cover, bib, shade)
  • Sunscreen or hat for your baby to protect him from the sun
  • Breast pads (to absorb breast milk leaks if you are breastfeeding)
  • Baby bibs
  • THE EXTRAS:

  • Sample-sized diaper cream
  • Sling or wrap to carry baby in crowded places, in case the stroller has to be parked somewhere
  • Baby entertainment: toys, board books etc.
  • Nursing cover (for breastfeeding mothers who are uncomfortable nursing their child in public)
  • First aid kit (infant
  • thermometers, baby-safe pain relievers, insect repellent for baby etc.)

    IF YOU HAVE AN OLDER TODDLER:

  • Snacks or finger food
  • Sippy cup of milk, juice or water
  • YOUR ITEMS (May vary depending on individual needs):

  • Wallet, keys, mobile phone, sunglasses, water bottle, reading material etc.

    REMEMBER!

    Make sure you have all the necessary numbers to medical help (your baby’s paediatrician, family doctor etc.) saved in your phone and keep a hard copy in your wallet too, in case your phone runs out of battery and there’s nowhere to charge it.

    HOW TO CHOOSE A SUITABLE DIAPER BAG:

  • It doesn’t always have to be the conventional diaper bag. A backpack can work just as well if it fits your purposes. You may also want to consider getting 2 bags: one for long trips and one for everyday use.
  • Make sure the bag has a waterproof lining because spills are inevitable. It should also be easy to clean.
  • A spacious bag with a zip and multiple compartments will make it easier for you to store the items securely.
  • Insulated bottle pockets are a big plus because they keep drinks warm or cool for longer periods of time.