Just a few thoughts about handling the chaos that can sometimes come with the festive period...
An unsettled baby
- Christmas usually means a lack of routine, plus more stimulation and people for your baby to experience – some babies will be more unsettled or their sleeping/feeding patterns can be all over the place.
- There can be more people, chatter, lights and sounds at Christmas – some babies love it but it can be too much for other babies,
especially new and young babies.
- Feeding might be all over the place because your baby might need more comfort – try to to go at your baby’s pace.
- In the evenings, your baby might need a quieter place to feed so there is less stimulation which can enable him to feed well and
- And breastfeeding – there doesn’t seem to be a lot of clear evidence but the implication seems to be that a glass of something is
ok but don’t get drunk and then feed/look after your baby.
- And babies – don’t be drunk and in charge of a baby. And if you co-sleep, you need to stay sober.
- Make sure there is atleast one sober person who is responsible for the children. Christmas is meant to be a common time for
accidents because, at times of festive merriment, no one is keeping a close eye, especially if your baby is becoming, or is,
Travelling and staying over
- As long they have mum or dad, some babies don’t know or care that they have gone anywhere, whereas with other
babies you might find they are seem more unsettled and in need of more reassurance – they might feed more, they might not
settle as easily for naps and at night, older babies might go off their food.
- Be prepared to pack a lot to take with you – a car full is normal – but you won’t need to pack the kitchen sink, even if you think
you might aswell chuck it in the boot with everything else.
- Essentials for your baby can include:
Clothes, nappies, etc
Something to sleep in, bedding
Anything that your baby loves
If bottle feeding – bottles, milk and steriliser
Feeding pillow and anything else you use like nipple shields
- If possible, have a place you can retreat to so you can feed, settle and soothe your baby if you both want some quiet time.
- If you are travelling by car, it is suggested that you have a break every 2 hours so your baby isn’t asleep in the car seat for too
- From being a few weeks old, your baby may need entertaining so some toys are going to help with long journeys. As well as
snacks for you and older babies and children.
- *sometimes* Christmas can be a bit stressful with family staying or you staying with family and, every now and then you
*could* feel a bit irritated. Babies can pick up on this so a room to retreat to can also be a place where you can destress. Feeding
or settling your baby can also be the perfect excuse for this.
- Don’t go anywhere if you don’t want or need to – having a baby is the perfect excuse, if you need one, to stay cosy but this might just be me!
Have a great Christmas, ask for and accept help, try to chill, relax, rest and sleep.