Your Baby's First Holiday Season - What to Expect

By: Dr. Nazeli Gevorgyan - Updated April 21, 2024 - 7 Minute Read

Your Baby's First Holiday Season | The Milky Box

Congratulations on your baby's first holiday season! This is a magical time full of excitement and wonder. As you embark on your holiday adventures with your little one, it is essential to consider some tips, traditions, and safety measures to make the experience memorable and joyous.

In this article, we will guide you through everything you need to know to ensure a happy and safe holiday season for you and your baby. Let the holiday adventures begin!

Divide Time Among Excited Family Fairly

The holiday season often brings a blend of joy and juggling when it comes to dividing time among excited extended family members eager to celebrate with your little one. 

To navigate this festive challenge:

★ Start by having an honest conversation with your partner about your expectations and desires for the holiday season. Listen to their thoughts, as finding a middle ground is critical.

★ Take the time to understand the holiday traditions of both sides of the family.

★ If travel is involved, consider the logistics of visiting both family units.

★ Discuss whether visiting one family for one holiday and the other for a different celebration is viable.

★ Additionally, explore creative ways to stay connected if family members are geographically distant. Consider virtual celebrations or plan extended visits during less hectic times.

Schedule Your First Holiday Season With Baby Wisely

As you embark on your baby’s first holiday season, thoughtful planning becomes your secret to preserving the true spirit of joy.

Evaluate Your Travel Routine: Adjust and assess whether your usual travel schedule aligns with your new family dynamics.

Adjust Hosting Responsibilities: Considering your baby’s needs, it might be worthwhile to modify your role as a host this year. Explore celebrating at home, sharing hosting duties with other family members, or gathering with friends where responsibilities can be distributed.

Create a Baby-Friendly Retreat: Ensure a quiet space at gatherings for nursing, feeding, or simply providing a peaceful environment for your baby.

Opt for Shorter Visits: If full-day or all-night events feel overwhelming, propose shorter visits at family homes.

Plan Nap Times: Stick to your baby’s nap schedule as much as possible. Overtired babies can become fussy and more prone to accidents.

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Keep Realistic Holiday Expectations 

Recognize that with your little one, your holiday experience might look different, and that’s okay. Release the pressure to make everything perfect and embrace the uniqueness of this new chapter.

Accept that some holiday aspects are beyond our control and focus on the moments that truly matter — the joyous ones spent with your baby.

Consider Having Your Holiday Celebration at Home

Think about celebrating the holidays at home, especially if your little one is only a few weeks old or you’re exhausted from juggling work and parenthood.

Hosting at home doesn’t have to be fancy; a simple gathering with friends and family can be just as special. The advantage? You can easily manage diaper changes or nap times with all your baby essentials right at hand. Enjoy the festivities in the comfort of your own space.

Start Your Own Holiday Traditions

Amid the holiday rush, take a moment with your newest family member to start simple baby-friendly traditions. 

Baby’s First Ornament 

Begin a tradition of choosing or crafting a special ornament to mark your baby’s first holiday season. Each year, add a new one to the tree, creating a lovely collection of memories.

Read a Holiday Bedtime Story to Baby

Enjoy cuddling with your little one and make reading a seasonal story a special tradition. Reading to babies is not only a bonding moment but also a bedtime routine that fosters literacy. 

Footprint or Handprint Keepsakes

Capture your baby’s tiny handprints or footprints in a holiday-themed craft. Whether on an ornament, a card, or a canvas, these personalized keepsakes mark the uniqueness of your baby’s first holiday season.

Matching Family Outfits

Wear matching outfits as a family for holiday celebrations — whether it’s cozy pajamas or festive clothes. It brings a fun and united vibe to your baby’s first festivities. 

Letter to the Future

Write a letter to your baby sharing your thoughts and wishes for their future during their first holiday season. Seal it and save it to be opened on a significant future date, creating a heartfelt memory.

Festive Family Photoshoot

Start the tradition of an annual family photoshoot, capturing the joy of your baby’s first holiday season. Whether a professional session or a simple DIY shoot at home, these photos will be treasured memories. 

Don't Drown in Decorations and Gifts

Opt for simplicity. Enjoy the holiday season with your baby, focusing on meaningful moments rather than overwhelming details. 

Start Your Own Traditions | The Milky Box

Holiday Safety Tips

As we cover different aspects of your baby’s first holiday season, safety remains a top priority. Consider these holiday safety tips. 

Secure Christmas Decorations and Gifts

Keep ornaments, lights, and other decorations out of reach to prevent choking or injury. Choose gifts with large components to minimize choking hazards.

Ensure that the Christmas tree is securely anchored to avoid accidental tipping.

Travel Safety 

If traveling by car, use a properly installed car seat, and take breaks during long drives to attend to your baby’s needs. 

Safe Sleeping Environment

If you’re traveling, ensure your baby has a safe and comfortable sleep environment. Bring along familiar items like a blanket or sleep sack to create a sense of routine. 

Remember, Not Everyone's House is Baby-Proofed.

When visiting others, quickly scan the surroundings for potential dangers like sharp objects or accessible cords. Keep a close eye on your baby to ensure they stay away from unsafe places. 

Encourage Hand-Washing

During the cold and flu season, as friends and family eagerly await their turn to hold your baby, it’s perfectly fine to politely request them to wash their hands, use hand sanitizer (without triclosan), and refrain from kissing your baby. These simple practices will reduce the risk of transmitting illnesses. 

Holiday Safety Tips | The Milky Box

Bottle Feeding at the Holidays

Thorough planning is the key to enjoying a stress-free holiday season with a baby. One of the most critical aspects of your planning should be ensuring you have an ample supply of European baby formula to last the entire season. It's essential to remember that families should expect package delays due to seasonal increases in postal services.

We recommend ordering your baby formula at least two weeks before your average reordering period. Consider having extra canisters or boxes of formula on hand for added assurance. This proactive approach will ensure you have enough of your trusted nutrition to keep your little one content and healthy throughout the holiday season.

Holiday Season Shipping Delays | The Milky Box

Cheerful Beginnings 

As we wrap up your baby’s first holiday season, may these shared moments be the start of cherished memories. The Milky Box wishes you and your little one a season filled with love, laughter, and the joy of creating new traditions. Happy holidays!


Please be aware that this information is based on general trends in babies, and it is not medical advice. Your doctor should be your first source of information and advice when considering any changes to your child’s formula and when choosing your child’s formula. Always consult your pediatrician before making any decisions about your child’s diet or if you notice any changes in your child.

Breastfeeding is the best nutrition for your baby because breast milk provides your child with all the essential nutrients they need for growth and development. Please consult your pediatrician if your child requires supplemental feeding.

Nazeli Gevorgyan is a medical doctor from Armenia, and is a researcher in the fields of Obstetrics and Gynecology, among others. Dr. Nazeli is passionate with providing women and parents with reliable and high-quality information on healthy options for infant nutrition, breastfeeding, infant formula, and food. In her free time, she enjoys swimming, traveling, and pottery. 

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Reviewed by Dr. Eric Wood, ND, MA

Dr. Wood is a licensed naturopathic doctor, with a doctorate degree from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto, Canada. He received his post-graduation certification in Mind Body Medicine at Harvard University.

With 15 years of experience, Dr. Wood is an Associate Professor of Holistic Nutrition at the American College of Health Sciences in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Wood is an educator, clinician, author, media figure, consultant, and owns his own holistic (naturopathic) medical practice in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Dr. Wood is currently researching and drafting books on cancer and pediatrics.

Outside of the medical profession, Dr. Wood loves singing with the Miami Lyric Opera and is an avid musician in South Florida. He also loves spending time with his wife and kids.