You've got a scrumptious little newborn at home with you just in time for the Christmas craziness. What a wonderful time of year for your baby to have joined the family!
But this can also mean that Christmas is more tiring for you than previous years. The festivities alone can be a time for heightened stress, never mind all the trials and tribulations that go with being a new parent being thrown into the mix.
Get organised for Christmas early!
Prior preparation is key. Either get all gifts in plenty of time so you are not having to traipse around your local, overly-warm department store. Or do it all online.
Vouchers can also be ordered online which will make present buying a whole less stressful and your loved ones can then choose their own gifts. Plus, you won't even have to leave the sofa, win win!
Visiting family and friends over Christmas
Now, when it comes to visiting family and friends, only do as much as you feel physically comfortable with. And don't feel guilty about having to bow out early if you need to.
Put yourself and your baby first. Everybody will understand.
Alternatively, give people the choice to come to you instead. Avoid an influx of family members bearing baby gifts by giving them allocated day and time slots.
Newborns have absolutely no idea Santa will be on his way, and really don't need any gifts, but if you do want to get them a little something for Christmas you can see last week's post, alternative newborn gifts.
Share the hassle (and expense) of hosting at Christmas
Are you usually 'hostess with the mostest'?! Do you usually host the family's Christmas festivities at your place?
If yes, and you are keen to still host this year, maybe scale back the three-course extravaganza down slightly by roping in guests.
Get one person to do the starter and another to do the dessert. Get your partner or family member to watch the baby while you have some you time and still be involved. That way you can still host (if you want to) but with half the preparation and cooking.
Alternatively, go and put your feet up elsewhere and let others run around after you!
Don't over do it and do try to remember you have just had a baby, so take things slowly and ask for help if you need it. It is still possible to enjoy the festivities with a newborn baby in tow.
Here's to a wonderful Christmas to you and your family!