There is so much excitement centered around the first Christmas for baby. This is such a wonderful milestone and is sure to provide some beautiful memories. You as a parent want to make it everything you’ve always dreamed of. However, you have dreams, and you have the reality of a limited budget. Is it possible to plan the first Christmas for baby without breaking the bank? Yes, absolutely and here are some useful tips to help you do just that!
Planing Tips For The First Christmas For Baby:
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Your baby won’t remember this first Christmas. It is more about you as a parent and the excellent photo opportunities and mountain of toys. You of course want to make it special but your baby will likely be more interested in the wrapping paper. So knowing that, it can be easier than you think to make the occasion special but not financially challenging. There’s lots of ways to make the first Christmas for baby extra special without the extra cash.
Plan Ahead: Like Santa, make a list of gifts in advance and start watching all your sale flyers. Start your shopping early to get some deals without fighting the crowds. From my experience, more crowds always equals spending more money. A relaxed atmosphere allows you to pick and choose, keeping in your budget.
Less Is More: When it comes to buying gifts for your baby, less really is more! Getting a few trinkets or special toys is enough. This is more about the notion of your baby having something to open on Christmas morning than what’s inside. They’re not going to notice how big the gift is. Like I said before, they’re going to be more interested in the noises the wrapping paper makes.
Baby First Christmas Gifts: On the first Christmas for baby, consider getting some cute rattles, baby’s first building blocks, teething rings, or even a couple of stuffed animals. Leave the larger toys for sales throughout the year (and hide them well – but not so well that you yourself will forget!) . Baby’s first Christmas gifts are largely for you and what you think they need or will enjoy because they probably won’t remember what they got.
Buy Functional: If there are items that baby needs, wrap those up as Christmas gifts. Consider wrapping clothes or items for the nursery that you will have to buy anyway. You can even wrap up stocking stuffers like sippie cups or pacifiers. That means more cute little gifts to unwrap together and functional items to cross off of your parenting list.
Try Second-Hand: Second-hand doesn’t mean the dirty thrift store in the old section of town. There are quite a few upscale local businesses selling pre-loved clothing and used toys. Most of these clothes look brand new because … they probably have only been worn a couple times before baby grew out of it.
Buy For Multiple Celebrations: While you’ll certain love unwrapping presents with your baby, think about first birthday party ideas too – they’ll be a year old before you know it! During the shopping season, you’ll often come across two for one deals or store-wide discounts. Buy for Christmas and their birthday at the same time!
Don’t Forget The Keepsakes: When it comes to the first Christmas for baby, be sure you think of the Christmas keepsakes! For instance, first Christmas ornaments for baby can make fun memories for years to come. Try some of these homemade keepsake ornaments for baby. Baby’s first Christmas stocking can also be used for years to come so go ahead and have fun with those.
Baby’s first Christmas is certainly a special occasion, so savor it for all that it is. Remember that this is more for parents and the memories that you and your baby create together. Embrace this milestone, be wise in your investments and it will be the best Christmas yet! Don’t forget to take lots of photos of the first Christmas for baby! What are you planning for your baby’s first Christmas?
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