It’s a bit early for gingerbread houses and Santa movies if you’re celebrating Christmas with an infant, but there are plenty of other age-appropriate ways to show your little what it means to be merry and bright. In between the smooches, cuddles, travel, and long naps (a mom can wish) this holiday break, try a few of these easy, festive ideas.
Create a holiday sensory bottle
Fill an empty water bottle with sequins, jingle bells, ribbon (or any other frilly extras you have around the house) and hot glue or tape the cap back on before giving it to baby to oooh and aaah over.
Host a sing-along
Cue up classic Christmas tunes or a kids’ Christmas playlist on Spotify and sing to your little–add in goofy faces, hand motions, and willing relatives for extra smiles.
Take a Christmas lights tour
Whether it’s at the zoo, in your downtown, or just around the block, your baby will love strolling past Christmas lights from their cozy carrier.
Read a classic book by candlelight
‘Tis the year to start new traditions—pick a favorite book (an old standby: How the Grinch Stole Christmas) to read in bed on Christmas Eve. Dim the lights or add a few candles (far away from curious hands) for extra ambiance.
Prep some festive solids
Baby on the solid food train? Try pureeing a quick blend of some of your favorite holiday comfort foods, like sweet potatoes, chicken, and green beans for a special dinner.
Pass the sprinkles
Keep your little entertained during cookie baking by pulling out the sprinkle containers—as long as the lid’s on tight, baby will love to shake and roll the colorful containers while you bake away.
Play with paper
Once the gifts have been opened, save some of that tissue and wrapping paper for a supervised touch, tear and scrunch session.