You only get one year to celebrate your baby’s first Christmas. Although holiday time with a baby can be hectic make sure you take the time to really sit and remember this special time in your little one’s life.
You may even find that now having a child brings back the magic of Christmas that you once had when you were younger.
Here’s how you can make your baby’s first Christmas extra special and one that you will remember for years to come.
10 Ways To Make Your Baby’s First Christmas Special
Get A First Christmas Ornament For Your Tree
One tradition that I like to do with my kids each year is a new personalized ornament for them to hang on the tree every year. You can start this tradition with your baby with an adorable personalized first Christmas ornament.
There are lots of great ornaments to choose from as there are baby boy first Christmas ornaments as well as ones for girls. There are even some that can be for either a boy or girl that allow you to personalize the ornament with your child’s name and year. Some ornaments even allow for birth stats or at least the birthday on the ornament as well.
Hanging that baby’s first Christmas ornament on the tree every year is a great way to remember your child’s very first holiday.
Be Sure To Get Christmas Photos Of Your Baby
You are going to want to document every celebration of the holiday with your baby and that includes some adorable Christmas themed photos of your little one.
I would definitely recommend professional Christmas photographs if you can afford them, but you can also attempt to take some yourself as well. If you are going to attempt the photos yourself, check out some of the photography tips for taking pictures of babies.
The only downside to having to take the pictures yourself is that it’s hard to actually be in the photos with your baby if you are taking them.
Once you have gotten the photos, have a few framed for around the house. You can also hand them out to family members. You can even choose to have the pictures made into your Christmas card as well.
Also, be sure that you take lots of photos during the holiday celebrations as well. Try to not get so caught up that you forget to take pictures to remember it by.
Start The Tradition Of A Christmas Eve Box
If you don’t already have plans for Christmas Eve night, then consider starting the tradition of a Christmas Eve box for your child.
Since your little one probably doesn’t quite understand the whole gift opening part yet (unless they are closer to a year old) you can simply just place the items in the box and use them for your child that night.
Some items that I would recommend for a baby’s first Christmas Eve box would include Christmas pajamas, a new Christmas board book, a Christmas or winter themed plush animal, and a fun toy or rattle depending on their age.
Create A Personalized Gift For Baby’s Grandparents
Most grandparents want to be involved in their grandchild’s first Christmas as well. You can help them mark this occasion with a special personalized grandparent gift from your baby.
This could be something that you make on your own or you can buy a personalized item.
Some ideas include a special grandparents ornament, a frame with a picture of your child in it, and a personalized coffee mug. You don’t have to spend a ton of money on these gifts as grandparents just like to be remembered and included in special milestones.
Get Your Baby A Special Stocking
There are really two options when it comes to buying your baby a special Christmas stocking.
The first is to buy her a stocking that reads “Baby’s First Christmas” and simply keep it as a memento for years to come instead of using it again.
The second option is to buy her a stocking that you like and is special to you and use that stocking year after year until she moves out on her own.
To make the stocking even more magical, be sure to include your baby’s name on it and you can even include the year on the inside of the stocking.
When it comes to Christmas morning you can then fill her stocking with all sorts of baby goodies for stocking stuffers.
Focus On Time Spent Together Rather Than Physical Gifts
Think back years and years ago and try to remember your very first Christmas. Can’t do it, huh?
Your baby is most likely not going to remember this holiday, but you most likely will. So, instead of spending a ton of money on gifts your child may not use or play with, concentrate on spending the gift of time with your family.
Of course there are practical gifts you can get for your baby and those tend to make sense especially if you have older kids who are expecting the baby to get gifts from Santa. But, when it comes down to what to buy a newborn for Christmas or Christmas gift ideas for a 1 year old (if your child is older) you really can save a ton of money and simply make memories simply spending time cuddling and loving on your baby.
Buy Your Baby A Special Christmas Outfit
Buy your little on a special baby’s first Christmas outfit that they can wear to celebrate the holidays. They can wear it for pictures as well as for holiday gatherings with family and friends.
There are a lot of cute options for first Christmas outfits for boys and girls. I know that you can find first Christmas onesies just about anywhere they sell baby clothing. There are also hats, bibs, sleepers and more to choose from. In fact you’ll probably have a hard time picking just one outfit so go ahead and get a few items for this special holiday. There are even adorable baby’s first Christmas blankets that you can wrap a newborn in as well.
A cute tradition could even be holding on to these special outfits and clothing pieces and passing them down to future siblings. Then you can have a picture to treasure of every one of your children wearing that special First Christmas onesie.
Start Your Own Family Traditions
If there is a certain Christmas tradition that you did with your family growing up and you want to continue that on with your child, start this first year and simply make your tradition now.
Or maybe there was something that you always wanted to do at Christmas but you’re family never did it.
Go ahead and start your family traditions with your little one. Even if they are too young to understand you can still document it with photos and simply tell them about how the tradition started as they get older.
Decorate Your Home For The Holidays
You’ll want to take photos of your baby all over the house and what better background than your own personal Christmas decorations.
Decorating for Christmas is just a great way to get you into the holiday spirit. Even if you are suffering from lack of sleep from your baby, one look at the magical Christmas lights and you’ll remember that it is all worth it for your little one.
Plus, if your baby is old enough, they will love looking at the glaring Christmas lights on the tree and the shiny ornaments that entertain her.
Make A Baby’s First Christmas Keepsake Box
After all the holiday parties are over and all the gifts have been opened, consider keeping all of your child’s first Christmas items together in a special keepsake box.
Some of the items that you can place in this special box include the photos of your child, the Christmas card you sent out that year, the baby’s first Christmas outfit or accessories she wore, and even wrapping paper from her gifts. You can even write her a special letter that year and include it in the box so she can open years later when she is much older.
One recommendation I would have though is to keep the items that you plan on using for the next year out of the box (like ornaments) instead of having to dig through the box to find them next year. Place the box in a safe spot that you can then bring back out years later.
Your baby’s first Christmas is such a special time that can fly by quite quickly if you don’t simply stop and just enjoy these days with your little one. Of course we can all get caught up in how to make Christmas special, but truthfully by simply spending time and making memories with your baby it will be special for her and you.