It’s true—your baby won’t remember their first Christmas. (And even if you wrap some amazing gifts, you can bet on that tissue paper being the big hit. All the crinkle and color—it’s infant sensory heaven.) That said, there are a number of ways to make the holiday special (they’ll see your effort in photos eventually!) and bring on extra smiles. Here are seven ideas that can be assembled (or ordered for a fast delivery) before the big day’s here.
A sweet and simple idea: buy a clear ornament at a craft store, pop baby’s hospital hat, sonogram, or your hospital bracelet inside, add a ribbon, then twist the top back on. Presto—the perfect keepsake.
Personalized Nursery Rocker
It’ll be a few months (or even years) before your little’s hopping on a rocker, but they’ll still love touching a super soft animal friend—and just think of the Christmas morning photo opps under the tree.
Soft Photo Book for Baby
Fill a soft (chewable) photo album with pictures of close friends and relatives so baby won’t forget Grandpa’s face after the flight back home.
We Love: Manhattan Toy Soft Photo Book, $8
It’s never too soon to start charting the inches—even if baby’s measuring just a few from the bottom.
We love: Wee Gallery Growth Chart, $38
A Play Gym with Staying Power
Celebrating the holidays at home? Set up an activity gym (this one by Lovevery has five development zones for a year of stimulating play) and stick it near the tree to keep baby happy as you clink glasses.
We love: The Play Gym by Lovevery, $140
A Post-Worthy Holiday Outfit
We promise opening up a tulle skirt is almost as good as tissue paper to your little—and you’ll get the cute photos to boot.
Milestone Baby Cards
The perfect holiday gift for brand new babies: super sweet cards that make it easy to document all the big (and little) highlights coming in the year ahead.