It’s your baby’s first Christmas and the temptation is certainly there to do something very special. You want this to be a big event and to be celebrated as it should be – with fanfare! Of course, as we all know, fanfare doesn’t come cheap and if you’re planning to celebrate your baby’s first Christmas in style, you’re likely going to be spending quite a bit for the pleasure. But maybe you shouldn’t. Here’s why:
Your Baby Won’t Remember
Unless you’ve adopted an older child, your baby isn’t going to remember anything at all about her first Christmas. You can buy the most amazing toys ever, but she will have outgrown them long before she’s capable of remembering anything about them. So go small on the gifts for your little one. Buy a few small items that you know she’ll enjoy in the coming year and then move on and save the big presents for the future when she can celebrate them with you.
Christmas Outfits Will Get Filthy
Unless you have one of those unnaturally clean kids who don’t really exist, anything you put your baby in for Christmas is going to get messy. That being said, you’ll naturally want to dress up your little one, but do so with wisdom. A designer outfit isn’t suitable for a baby who drools on herself and spits up often. Opt for the big sale item or buy a Christmas outfit at a discount retailer. The clothes are just as cute and quality isn’t an issue since she’s only wearing it for a few hours.
There Are Too Many Good Sales
Before you rush out to the closest toy store in pursuit of something bright and shiny for your little one, take stock of what sales are going on. This seems like a no-brainer, but there are sales in unexpected places that allow you to get amazing deals on baby toys. Try your local drug store or your grocery store – sometimes these locations offer buy one get one free specials on small toys. Department stores both in the mall and out will often feature toys and have special sales as well to investigate.
Let Others Enjoy Buying Gifts
It’s hard to resist, but you can easily sit back and let others buy gifts for you. A baby’s first Christmas is very exciting, and others are likely to line up to buy small gifts and trinkets for your little one, especially if you have a large family or your child is the first in the family.
Gifts Don’t Make the Memories
When you think back to your baby’s first Christmas, it’s not going to be the gifts that you likely remember. It’s the events of the day and the way your baby reacts to the memories. Pull out your camera or phone and snap away. The more pictures you take of this special day, the more memories you’ll be able to enjoy – and pictures typically don’t cost more than a few cents to print and enjoy forever.