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Holiday Hosting with a Newborn

December 14, 2021

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We’ve talked about how to do holiday travel with baby, but what if your home is the one folks are traveling to this Christmas? Hosting family is a wonderful way to get in some together time and make great memories. But there’s no question that doing it with a baby can feel complicated. Don’t worry though! We’ve simplified it for you with these easy tips for holiday hosting with a newborn.

Newborn Baby in Christmas stocking| Houston Newborn Studio

Communicate with Guests

Most guests are very understanding about the demands of a new baby. And they tend to be even more so if you communicate with them ahead of time. Give visitors a heads up about any special requirements (e.g. “I’d like to put baby to bed on her usual schedule, so I probably won’t be participating in any late-night outings”) or concerns (e.g. “Little man usually starts crying around 3:00 every night to be fed–I hope he won’t wake you”). Doing this helps to set expectations for guests and can put your mind at ease knowing you’re not pulling any big surprises on them!

Prep Baby’s Space

If guests will be using the nursery, make sure you set up baby’s temporary space ahead of time. Like grownups, little ones often sleep best in their own bed, but if it’s not practical to move it, try having them sleep in their temporary bed for a few nights before guests arrive so they can get used to the new space. It’s also a good idea to make sure you have diapers, wipes, pacifier, bottles, fresh clothes, and anything else baby might need in their new space so you have everything in one spot.

Tips for holiday hosting with a newborn, baby in red Santa outfit

Involve Guests

Often grandparents or aunties are more than happy to lend a hand when it comes to newborns. If they offer to help, take them up on it! And if they don’t, go ahead and offer them the opportunity to change baby’s diaper, give her a bottle, or burp him. They may just be waiting for an invite!

Relax

Obviously you want to try to stick to your baby’s usual routine as much as possible. But the reality of holiday hosting with a newborn is that it won’t always happen. That’s okay–don’t stress about it! Remember that you and your guests are creating special memories with each other and your new little one. That is what’s important! Once you have your home to yourself again, it will only take a few days for you and baby to settle down into your normal schedule.

Houston holiday newborn photographer, baby girl in wreath

Take Pictures!

It’s not just the photographer talking–taking pictures really does help to make holiday hosting with a newborn fun for everyone! Taking a second to snap a pic can remind you of how good it is to be sharing this experience with your visitors. And it sends a message to guests that you value the time they’re spending with you and your baby. You don’t want to miss out on those great memories!

 

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