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24 festive hacks to enjoy the moments that matter with your little one
Hack #1 – Prep to go
Save yourself time (and space!) by compact prepping baby’s changing bag the night before, so it’s ready to grab and go as you head out and about first thing in the morning.
- Grab your changing bag.
- Fold baby’s entire outfit together, including socks, layering the items so they can be rolled into a cylinder shape.
- Pop the compact clothes into a zip lock bag and slide into your changing bag – you’ll have peace at mind knowing you have an entire spare outfit for baby at your fingertips.
- Pack a couple of Aptamil Follow on Milk Ready to Drink bottles into your changing bag as a back-up in case you’re out longer than expected.
- Handy tip – when baby needs changing, add the wet clothes into the zip lock back to store until you get home. This will keep the rest of your bag clean until you’re home and won’t spoil any other items inside
Hack #2 - On-the-go like a pro
Make a portable nappy changing station to keep everything you need in one place. You can buy nappy caddies – or you can make a DIY version from a disposable bottle carrier (decorated with material to make it look lovely and personalised!)
Don’t forget to include some handy supplies… nappies, wet wipes, cream, nappy bags, their favourite toy, spare clothes, nail clippers, hairbrush, muslins and Aptamil Follow on Milk Ready to Drink.
Keep your portable station stocked up and take it in the car with you when you’re out and about. If you arrive somewhere and baby is in need of a change, you can use the flat boot of your car to do a quick change – with everything you need easy to grab within your caddy.
Hack #3 – Master the art of unpacking
During the festive season when you’re heading out and about with baby, it can be easy to forget/misplace all the items you need to take along with you, as well as what you need to re-pack before heading out once again!
- At the beginning of the week, hang a shoe organiser by the front door, filled with complete outfits for baby (1 in each pouch).
- Pack the outfit pouches into one section of your nappy bag, so you know exactly where to find them.
- After you’ve been out, simply remove any dirty clothes stored in the bag and replace with another pouch – ready for your next outing.
- Top tip: Include other items, such as muslins, blankets and Aptamil Follow on Milk Ready to Drink within the shoe organiser too, so you have a ready-made packing station when you come to unpack your changing bag and need to replenish your kit.
Hack #4 - Operation Festive Feast
There are so many fun activities to pack into the festive season, but if you’re also hosting Christmas dinner, there’s a lot of prep needed, too – and finding the time to fit it all in can be a balancing act.
A time-saving hack is to use baby’s nap times whilst at home to prep as much of your Christmas meal ahead of time. There’s so much you can prepare in advance and freeze – then you simply take it out of the freezer the night before to defrost.
For example, gravy is perfect to make beforehand and pop in the freezer until the big day. Or you can peel and chop your veggies and potatoes on Christmas Eve whilst baby naps, soaking them in water overnight to keep them fresh.
Hack #5 - Surprise Storytelling
Before you head out and about with baby this festive season, prep in advance for those times where they may need settling on the go. Record yourself, or a family member, reading baby their favourite story and play it for them when you’re on the move. The soothing, familiar voices will soon settle them down, so you can continue ticking off the items on your festive to-do list.
Hack #6 – Hack your hot chocolate
Make the most of baby’s nap time and prep this hot chocolate hack in advance, so you can wow your guest with a deliciously creamy festive drink.
- Get your hands on some Christmas shaped cookie cutters and keep close-by.
- When baby naps, fill the cookie cutters with whipped cream and pop them into the freezer inside a zip lock bag. Keep the cream filled cookie cutters in the freezer until you need them.
- When serving Christmas hot chocolates, pop a frozen Christmas cream shape into your mug and sit back and watch your guests delight!
Hack #7 - DIY delights
Another great hack for saving time over the festive season is creating DIY Christmas gifts for friends and family.
Rather than spending hours in shopping centres trying to find the perfect present, make baby foot/ handprint frames for your nearest and dearest. All you need is a frame, some craft materials (paper, card, glue, scissors, skin-friendly paint) and a couple of pictures of baby.
Here’s what you need to do:
- Get your supplies ready – make sure your paper/ backing card and baby photos fit within your chosen frame.
- Put a 10p coin amount of paint onto a flat plate.
- Place baby’s foot or hand into the paint (make sure you don’t put too much on or you’ll make a big splodge!)
- Once baby has paint on, press their hand/ foot onto paper and leave to dry.
- Once dry, arrange your print and photo(s) onto your backing paper and glue into place.
- Put the backing paper into your frame and your gift is ready for wrapping!
Hack #8 – Tree-mendous forward planning
There’s so much to be done in the lead-up to Christmas and you want to make every moment count when celebrating baby’s first festive season. If space allows, and if you use a faux Christmas tree, don’t waste time by removing each individual tree decoration, instead simply wrap the entire Christmas tree in sustainable shrink wrap to protect the lights and ornaments, so its easy to put out again next year.
Hack #9 – The art of self-care
Christmas is a stressful time for everyone – especially those parents who are navigating the festive season with a new-born for the first time. It’s important that parents take a moment out for themselves whilst baby naps and practise the art of the self-care. Whether it’s a relaxing bath, a walk with friends, or indulging in their favourite festive food and drink, make sure to spend a moment of ‘me’ time during the Christmas prepping this year too.
Hack #10 – Keep Clean and Carry on this Christmas
When you’re on the move, it’s not easy to keep your hands clean when you’re trying to juggle everything you need. To make life easier, try this hand sanitising hack to keep your hands clean and carry on this Christmas! Fix a carabiner to the outside of your handbag/ changing bag or attach to your pram so that you can grab, squeeze and go.
Hack #11 – Buggy’s little helper
If you’re making a last dash out to the shops to collect your Christmas presents, clip a carabiner onto your pram handles to hook all your shopping bags onto when your hands, and under basket get full. Remember to keep the balance to keep the pram upright.
Hack #12 – Me, myself and I
Busy parents are always planning ahead to cover enough clean outfits for baby when out and about, but often forget themselves! Make sure you pack a spare top for yourself to look clean and tidy in case you’re holding baby when an accident occurs…!
Hack #13 – Wash, dry and go!
Heading out the door in a few hours and baby’s favourite outfit is still not dry? Flip your baby grows upside down and clip the poppers around the airer to hold them in place. This allows the baby grow to open a bit more and lets the fresh air breeze by, drying them quicker.
Hack #14 – Dummy’s guide
An unsettled baby in the Christmas shopping queue is something every parent dreads. If baby tends to lose dummy’s when out and about, be sure to pick up an attachment so dummies will stay fixed to prams and save lots of tears!
Hack #15 – Pre-pair to be amazed
When you’re busy prepping for Christmas, the last thing you need to be wasting time on is searching for the missing sock which makes up your pair. Keep a mesh laundry bag in baby’s bedroom so it’s close by whenever you’re changing them and simply pop the two dirty socks inside each time you’re changing. All baby’s socks will be kept together in the wash and won’t be lost to the washing machine monster!
Hack #16 – Dribble be gone…
Do you find yourself misplacing bibs left, right and centre when it comes to feeding time? Add a hook with double-sided sticky tape to the back of baby’s highchair and hang a bundle of bibs on the back. You’ll have them exactly where you need them for the next time baby’s due a feed.
Hack #17 – Wear your baby
Grab a baby wrap and keep baby strapped close by when you’re prepping your house of the festive season. Adjust baby’s position you can make the most of being hands-free – whether that’s having baby on your back whilst you wrap presents or close to your chest whilst you’re decorating the Christmas tree! Just watch out for their little paws if they’re beginning to learn how to grasp!
Hack #18 – I’m dreaming of a white…noise machine
Sleep is a precious commodity for new parents – especially during the busy festive season. Lots of babies tend to love listening to a white noise machine as it’s similar to the comforting sounds they heard when in the womb.
Hack #19 – Walking in a winter wonderland
Heading out for a wintery walk with baby and want to keep them warm and cosy? Pop baby in a carrier or sling and switch your nappy bag for a lightweight backpack so you can keep your hands free.
Hack #20 – Onesie in a million
Babies seem to have a sixth sense when it comes to leaving the house and it usually coincides with them needing a onesie change. Take the crossover shoulders and open these up, so the neck of the onesie is wide enough to pull down over baby’s body, as opposed to baby’s head. This will help you save time having to wrestle baby out of a dirty outfit – and potentially even save a poorly timed bath!
Hack #21 – Don’t fir-get to baby proof the tree!
Has baby started to grip and grab? Wrap any heavy gifts you’ve purchased as soon as you’ve put your Christmas tree up and place these bigger presents at the front of your tree. They’ll block baby’s path to getting to the bottom of the tree and stop them from being able to reach up and tug on ornaments/ tree branches.
Hack #22 – Picture Perfect
Gone are the days of scrambling to read gift tags and decipher who the present is for - get creative and use photos instead! Simply find your favourite photo of your baby with the friend or relative who is the recipient of the gift, and attach it for a heart-warming, personalised touch which will make them smile!
Hack #23 – It’s a wrap
To make your first Christmas with baby as easy as possible, keep gift wrapping to a minimum. Keep delivery boxes to wrap awkward shaped gifts, to speed up the process. And, if you want to reduce the amount of festive waste, buy festive fabric bags instead which can be drawn closed with some Christmassy ribbon. You can keep the bags for future use and saves all the sticky tape!
Hack #24 – Sleigh your stroller
As the long nights draw in, you’ll often find yourself out and about with baby in the dark, whether it’s coming home from a carol service or taking a stroll to see the festive lights. Baby’s safety is paramount, so add reflective strips to the sides of your pram. This will notify drivers, cyclists and passers-by that you’re moving towards them and ensure you’re visible at all times.
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