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Tips for your baby's first Christmas

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Tips for your baby's first Christmas

The most wonderful time of year is even more wonderful now that you’re a parent. Revel in this once-in-a-lifetime moment with our tips and tricks for creating traditions, taking photos, keeping travel stress-free and more.

  • Design your holiday card. If there’s one thing new parents love, it’s whipping out baby photos every chance they get. Holiday cards are the perfect excuse to foist your baby’s adorableness on pretty much everyone in your address book, so take advantage with a primo photo card. I love the modern designs from Tiny Prints and Minted.
  • Splurge on baby's first christmas PJ's. Nothing amps up the Christmas morning cute factor like a pair of cuddly holiday footie pajamas. Sure, your baby can only wear them for a month, but if you get something unisex, you can hand them down to the next kid.
  • Choose a stocking. This is the stocking you’ll pull out year after year, so get something you really love. If your stockings hold their fair share of the gift booty, look for something roomy. If you only use stockings for little trinkets, go with something smaller.
  • Pick and Choose Traditions. Do you love how your family always throws a kitschy Christmas sweater party, or how your husband’s spends Christmas Eve playing board games? Now you have your own little family, and you can hand-pick the traditions that you like best to form your own set.
  • Start a NEW Holiday Tradition. As much as you’ll be influenced by how you grew up, it’s also fun to come up with something that’s all your own. Make it a ritual to read the same special holiday book each year, watch retro holiday specials like Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. We started the tradition of our own Thansgiving the weekend after Thanksgiving. Makes it more "homey."
  • Visit Santa. Sure, your baby has no idea who the portly guy in red is. But you do, and so do your parents, who will get a big thrill out of seeing your babe (even if he’s screaming) sitting on Santa’s lap in photos. We will be running Mini sessions next weekend with the big ole' Jolly Man! Also, enjoy the total lack of interest in getting on Santa’s gift list—it won’t last! 
  • Create an Ornament. Ornaments are all about the memories associated with them, and this first Christmas is a biggie. So commemorate it with a sweet ornament you’ll love pulling out year after year. Create a photo ornament with your fave snapshot of the year, or personalize one with baby’s name.
  • Give an Heirloom Gift. Along with the requisite brightly-colored baby toys, this is the year to give a gift that your baby will have forever and can pass down to her own kids some day. Need ideas? A locket, pretty snow globe or keepsake box with prints from their newborn session are all classic choices.

This is the time of year where we see our friends and families the most! Make the best of it!

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Must Have Supplies for your First Baby - Tips from a Mom

Must Have Supplies for your First Baby - Tips from a Mom

Hey! Don't you just love walking through Babies R Us or Buy Buy Baby with the gun. Yes, the gun that adds that wonderful item to your baby registry. But, what do you actually need instead of what you actually want. When I was doing my registry, I did sooooo much research and got sooooo many wanted and unwanted opinions from moms. Old, new, young and seasoned moms. But, what actually worked for me? What do I absolutely love and use all the time. Well, here is a list of what I LOVE!!!!

Stroller- Britax B -Ready Stroller. I LOVE this stroller. I mean really love. It's amazing. So, I was between this and the Baby Jogger City Select Double Stroller. We plan to have more than one child so I wanted something that would convert into a double stroller eventually. I love the Baby Jogger but to be completely honest, it's a tank. It's gigantic and heavy. The Britax was my second choice and you can add the seat to the under carriage. It's big but not a tank and I can carry it with one arm while I have the car seat in the other arm. Don't worry, you'll be doing two things at once when that little one comes and you will be happy the stroller is the lighter one hahaha. The Britax stroller comes with a seat that can be forwards or backwards facing. Also tilts completely flat. 4 different sitting positions and a hand railing for the front. I do wish it had a food tray but its was not a big deal for me.

Car Seat- Britax B-Safe 35 Elite. Love it. It has a metal frame which is the best type of car seat out there with the best safety ratings. Best part is that is clips directly into the stroller! WIN WIN!!! No straps or unsafe bars holding it into the stroller. I love the head pads so that my son's head doesn't bounce back and forth.

Blankets- Muslin blankets. The best! They are big enough to swaddle and also to cover for when nursing. Light for summer and a nice cover for winter. I always had a blanket on my son in the stroller in the summer so his delicate skin would not get burnt.

Nursing supplies- Medela Breast Pump is the best with the most variety in supplies. Different sizes for different breasts and works very well. I also have the pump bra for hands free pumping. FYI, it is a pain in the butt to hold both shields on while pumping. Get a hands free bra. A lot of pumps are covered under your insurance and I have found that the Medela is the most frequently found product. Keep your receipts for any supplies your purchase that your insurance does not cover because you can claim these items on your tax returns!

Boppy- That's just it... a Boppy. Great for nursing and great for putting baby on to start tummy time. My son hated tummy time until we started using the boppy to prop his head up.

Noise Machine - I didn't want my son to be a light sleeper, so we started the noise machine from day one. The noise makes your baby feel like he's back in the womb. Babies do not like the quiet. Going from a noising environment to a quiet enviroment that is cold is not fun. Keep it loud and warm for them.

Diapers- Pampers swaddlers.  These were the gentlest for my son's explosions and I did not have any problems with leakage.

Diaper Rash Cream- California Baby diaper rash cream. The best. Smells the best and is cooling for them. Rash would be gone the next morning.

Shampoo and Body wash- California baby sensitive skin. I have very sensitive skin so I made sure to sure the same for my son. I did not want him to get blotchy or rashy so young.

Pack N Play with a Napper - The napper was a god sent! Seriously. My son had relux and always wanted to be rocked. The Nappy has a vibrator on it to keep him moving. He loved it and we finally got some sleep lol. If you don't want that, I hear alot of people compare it to the Rock N Play. My doctor even said that being elevated is fine as long as there are no toys or blankets by his face and he isn't rolling over yet.

Sophie-Literally the best chew toy ever. My son loved it better then keys or a wash cloth because it have different shapes throughout it. Just be careful to watch them. My son liked to put the feet him his mouth and he would choke himself.

These are some must haves that I loved when my son first came home from the hospital. I hope these were a help in your decision making!

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