Enjoying Your First Christmas With Baby

Enjoying Your First Christmas With Baby

In the run-up to Christmas, a lot of parents can put pressure on themselves to make everything perfect and enjoy these key milestone moments. Whilst Christmas can be enjoyable with a baby, the hustle and bustle of lots of visiting, different locations and baby-friendly Christmas socialising can be difficult to balance for parents. With this in mind, I have written some of my best advice for helping your little one to sleep during the Holidays.

Whilst we are very much a fan of following your baby’s lead when it comes to their nap times, amidst the festive season it’s best to have a plan and a contingency plan in place for naps. If your little one isn’t used to a lot of company and you bring them into a busy home at Christmas it can be overwhelming for babies and lead to them feeling tired earlier than usual or being overtired and cranky.

Here’s Some Of Our Advice To Allow That Much-Needed Rest To Go As Smoothly As Possible:

girl in santa outfit opening present

Bring Your Own Travel Cot

Use your own travel cot where possible and practise beforehand. These days travel cots are a lot easier to transport around and it’s a good idea to have one thrown into the boot of the car even if you aren’t planning on staying long enough for a nap. Bring their cot bed sheets and pyjamas that they have already slept in. A familiar smell will be soothing for your child. Read more travel tips here

Try To Avoid Cat Napping

Try not to let baby cat-nap in the car for multiple short periods if you’re going between numerous houses in one day. This can disrupt their sleep pattern and leave them in a worse mood than if they’d not napped at all. When you have a baby you have every right to text and say ‘sorry, going to be an hour late as baby has fallen to sleep at Granny’s. Read more here on how to get baby sleep while travelling.

Make Sure To Bring The Bedtime Favourites With You.

Don’t forget the favourite features of their bedtime routine! If your baby is stopping overnight (either with or without you) in a different place, don’t forget what makes the bedtime routine special to them. Whether your baby has a favourite soft toy, baby comforter, bedtime story, their top baby bath toy, a white noise machine or even a favourite pair of pyjama’s make sure to pack it! If you wear their pyjama under your top for a few days, your baby will find your scent very calming, relaxing and soothing.

newborn baby sleeping in a christmas outfit

Don’t Forget To Bring Travel Blackout Blinds And A White Noise Machine

Travel black-out blinds & White Noise machines – these can be a lifesaver when staying somewhere other than home. If your baby is accustomed to a dark room then you will want to purchase a travel blind before staying away, the white noise will help drown out any adult merriment going on past bedtime but remember to test it beforehand if they don’t usually have white noise as it could have the opposite effect.

Put Them To Bed Yourself Before Heading Out

Put them to bed yourself, unless they are very used to another person doing it regularly. This will make them feel more settled into the new environment because they know the comfort of their parents is there.

Remember vitamin D can help your baby sleep better so go out whenever you can. More on that here.

mum and baby with christmas presents

Choose The Right Foods For You And Your Baby To Support Better Sleep.

  • If you are breastfeeding, avoid caffeine and artificial additives.

  • Avoid giving babies that are weaning caffeine and artificial additives. This includes chocolate.

  • Sleep supporting foods for babies that are weaning include foods rich in tryptophan, B-vitamins and complex carbohydrates. Full list of sleep supporting foods here.

  • Allow time for your baby to digest their evening meal before bed.

  • A warm milk drink or breastfeed immediately before bed can help your baby to sleep well.

baby wearing a Santas hat sitting in a basket

Relax!!!

Relax! If the sleep routine is disrupted for a couple of days it won’t set back all your hard work. Just make sure it’s clear that once you are back home, so are the bedtime rules

We hope these tips help, let us know in the comments! Remember, whilst everyone will be excited to spend a few moments with your little one just be reassured that you can say no to visits, holding your baby, looking after your baby etc if you would prefer they didn’t!

Parents, often mothers, feel guilty at Christmas wanting to please everyone – you only have to please your little one!
I hope you have a wonderful and restful holiday period, however, or whatever you choose to celebrate.

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mum relaxing at christmas wearing santa socks

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For more advice on how to help your baby sleep and find a baby sleep solution that works for you and your family, you can check out our
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Halloween Sleepy Food Ideas To Get Your Children Sleeping Well

Halloween Sleepy Food Ideas To Get Your Children Sleeping Well

As Halloween approaches, parents everywhere may be wondering how with all the Halloween Treats they can still trick their little one into going to bed at a reasonable time.

Whilst planning earlier Halloween activities such as an afternoon Halloween party instead of a nighttime chocolate feast is a good idea if you’ve got little ones – this isn’t always possible, especially if your toddler has older siblings. We have listed some of our favourite sleep-inducing foods but with a spooky twist to let the kids join in the fun (but until a reasonable time!).

The important thing is to have fun like one night of sugar-fuelled sleep issues won’t affect your routine as long as you pick it up the next day.
The recipes below include foods that increase the production of sleep-inducing hormones. You can read more about these on our Foods and the full list of foods that Promote Sleep Blog here.

 

Now, onto our spooktacular Sleepy Halloween Treats:

halloween pancakes sleepy food to help kids sleep

Spooky Sleepy Banana Pancakes

Our banana and oat pancakes are a spooktacular way to include melatonin in your little one’s meal. The most important thing to remember is that – pancakes aren’t just for breakfast! These make a great, healthy dessert or Halloween treat. They can be whipped up easily within 15 minutes by an adult or it’s a great task to include your baby or toddler in as a messy play or learning experience – depending on their age!

Ingredients (to make enough for 1 adult and 1 little!):

  • 2 ripe bananas

  • 2 Eggs

  • 8 TBSP or ½ Cup of rolled oats

  • ½ TSP baking powder

  • Cherries as a melatonin rich addition (optional)

  • Cherry jam to drizzle (optional)

    Treat Tip: If your child is a little older, consider whether to use chocolate chips as the ‘eyes’ of the ghost – but don’t forget your cherries for the mouth and drizzle to keep that sleepy secret sauce!

Method:

  • Mash up the bananas in a bowl with either a fruit masher or the back of a fork.
    Tip: This is a great part for your little one to help with.
  • Whisk the 2 eggs together and add to your bananas. Continue to mix well until they have formed one mixture.
    Tip: If you’re trying to be quick then you can add all the ingredients to a blender or hand blend!
  • Heat up your pan with a little oil on a medium high heat.
  • Add the rolled oats and the baking powder, mix well and then stand for a few minutes minutes to thicken.
  • Turn the pan to a medium heat and ladle/spoon the pancake mixture into the pan. Try to make some ghoulish shapes!
  • Cook for few minutes on medium heat.
  • Flip the pancakes and cook for a further few minutes.
  • Serve up, don’t forget to get creative with the fruit, jam, dessert sauce, chocolate chips or whatever you and your family are using.

Let us know how it goes with a photo in the comments!

halloween green smoothie food to help child sleep

Green Sleeping Potion Smoothie

This one is a super easy win and filled with fantastic nutrients! If your little one is old enough to participate in some imaginary play you could pretend you are making a magical potion together.

All you need is:

1 Banana

Ice cubes

A handful of Kale

1 ripe Avocado

Fresh orange juice (add to correct consistency)

Method:

Put all the ingredients into your magic cauldron (or a blender if you don’t have a cauldron!) and blend until it is a smooth, green consistency. The avocado should make the potion smooth but if it’s too ‘green’ for your children, add some more orange juice.

    healthy ice cream to help child sleep

    Spiderlicious Ice Cream

    • 4 ripe bananas (the riper they are, they sweeter they will be) cut into round slices, frozen.

    • 2/3 cup full-fat coconut milk or unsweetened almond milk

    • 2 cups loosely packed baby spinach or to taste

    Blend together the coconut milk / unsweetened almond milk and the baby spinach.

    Once your have the spinach-puree, add the frozen bananas in and blend again until it reaches the desired consistency.

    Enjoy immediately or put into a loaf tin or similar, tightly sealed and into the freezer.

      edamame dip sleepy food for halloween to help kids sleep

      Edamame Dip With Carrot Sticks

      12 oz edamame frozen or fresh, shelled

      1 lemon just the juice

      1 clove garlic

      1/4 tsp cumin ground

      1/4 tsp black pepper

      1/4-1/3 cup olive oil

      Method:

      • Fill a saucepan with boiling water. Add frozen edamame to the water and boil for 4-5 minutes. Drain and allow to cool.
      • In the bowl of a food processor, add edamame, garlic, cumin, salt, pepper and lemon juice. Turn on the machine and process for 2 minutes.
      • Scrape down the sides of the processor bowl and turn machine on again.  With the machine still running, slowly stream in olive oil through the feed tube. Check for consistency and seasoning.
      • You may top with a bit more olive oil, lemon juice and a sprinkling paprika if desired. Serve alongside fresh veggies, slices of pitta bread, breadsticks or some tortilla crisps for older children.
      turkey meatballs with halloween pumpkin

      Turkey Meatballs That Will Make Your Child Sleep

      • ground turkey

      • rolled oats

      • onion powder

      • garlic powder

      • dried parsley

      • dried basil

      • dried oregano

      • salt

      • pepper

      • egg

      Method:

      Preheat oven at 400F (200 C) or pop then in air fryer for 20 minutes.

      Mix all the ingredients together and shape them mixture into balls.

      Place them on a baking tray and bake in preheated oven or fry them in your air fryer.

      You can add grated courgettes to hide some extra veg into you child’s food.

      We hope the recipes above help you have a few Spooky but Sleepy treats this Halloween! Remember, it’s important not to put too much pressure on yourself to stick to bedtime routines on one off instances like these. Whilst our sleep routines are important, so are the memories we create together on special occasions. If you’re going to visit family this Halloween and your child will be sleeping elsewhere, don’t forget to check out our blog on How To Get Your Baby To Sleep Whilst Travelling.

      Have you downloaded your freebie yet? Top 10 Baby Sleep Coach Tips To Help Your Baby Sleep Better Guide! If not, then make sure to click here.


      For more advice on how to help your baby sleep and find a baby sleep solution that works for you and your family, you can check out our
       1 : 1 consultation services or our new baby sleep guides which come with free access to my Sleepy Village Facebook community for easy access to get your questions answered.