You want me to what?

Lately I’ve been wondering how to go about “doing Christmas” for my youngest child this year. In a few short weeks we’ll all be sitting around the tree opening our gifts, and I’m not quite sure what to do for the baby. You see, my older two were both nearly a year old by the time Christmas rolled around, so they had a lot of fun tearing open the gifts – even if they were a little more interested in the paper than the actual present. But the baby, he’ll only be 5 months old and can barely sit up by himself.

I’ve heard people say that the things parents do and celebrate during baby’s first year are more for themselves than the child. I don’t really think that’s true, but then I thought about just not getting him anything. He certainly wouldn’t care, but I quickly scratched that idea. I can just imagine my six-year-old asking me why Santa didn’t bring his baby brother any presents. And well, I’m still trying to preserve the idea of Santa for him for at least a few more years.

Since my oldest boys were born at a different time of year, I thought back to what their first holiday was – Easter. I certainly didn’t skip getting them baskets, even though they were only a few months old. Those first Easter baskets weren’t extravagant by any means, but they were festive and included things that a baby would be interested in.

So here’s a few ideas for gifts for an infant’s first holiday:

  • Teethers. For a really young baby, look for bigger ones that are easy for learning how to hold onto things.
  • Rattles. Mine always loved ones you could put on wrists or feet. No worrying about losing them either.
  • Baby gyms or playmats. Even though it takes a little assembly it’s a great thing to keep baby excited with during the craziness of the holiday.
  • Clothes. Okay, so maybe this won’t be very interesting to the little one, but the adults will love fawning over the cute styles.
  • Don’t forget the stocking! Feeding accessories, pacifiers and pouches of yummy baby foods are great stocking stuffers.

Most of these things you would buy for your little one anyway, but you can make it a little more special with a little wrapping paper. Most of the time I only bother wrapping ¬†couple. I just need a few quick photos of him and his gifts – okay maybe that’s more for me than him – and then he can play with them or just sleep if that’s what he feels like doing. Because holidays are exhausting, even if you don’t know what’s going on.

How do you celebrate the holidays with an infant?

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One Response to Ideas on handling gift-giving holidays with an infant

  1. Kathy Laird says:

    Baby books are always a good idea. It is never too early to start reading to your children. :-)

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