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PASS THE GRAVY NOT THE BABY: 6 Tips for a happier Christmas! Kellie Eason, IBCLC



With Christmas fast approaching, I thought I would give you a few tips on how to make Christmas Day smoother for you & your family.


Babies tend to get overwhelmed when kept awake for too long or surrounded by too many people.

Christmas Day often amplifies the overwhelm. Your other children may be disappointed if you aren't able to be as present as you usually are on Christmas Day. Unfortunately there are also some people that just don't get that fact that you are on borrowed time & are still recovering from pregnancy & birth.


Did you know that after you give birth, your uterus contains a dinner plate sized wound in your uterus?

Did you know it takes at least a year to recover after giving birth? And that's just for one baby!


PASS THE GRAVY, NOT THE BABY

  • Babies don't like being passed around all day long

  • Keeping baby calm, near & underwhelmed is key to avoiding a grumpy baby who is struggling to settle & sleep

    • Familiar mum's scent by being near, is key to keeping your baby calm

    • You are your baby's only advocate

    • You won't offend anyone asking for a cuddle by saying "I would love to but, he/she's been really unsettled, how about next time?"

    • If you are breastfeeding, your baby's usual menu doesn't change on Christmas Day - continue to breastfeed on demand as per usual, this is the season when most mum's get mastitis - don't let yourself become a statistic


  • DELEGATE LIKE A QUEEN

    • Work smart, not hard!

    • Take on the absolute bare minimum if you must

      • Don't be a glutton for punishment by offering to have Christmas Day celebrations at your place unless there is external catering & others are cleaning up for you

      • Get your partner/support persons to take on your usual Christmas role

        • Get them to make sure your baby's nappy bag is always ready the night before, so that all you need to add on Christmas Day is your insulated bag of bottles, formula, breastmilk & icepacks (& pumping equipment if you aren't breastfeeding)

        • Delegate someone to ensure you are fed & hydrated - make sure you eat & drink whilst having conversation with others (having a belly with food in it helps keeps your blood sugar levels & mood stable)

      • If you have to bring food to your Christmas function, pre-order a platter & get someone to collect/deliver it for you

      • Organise online shopping & delivery for groceries & gifts to avoid the chaotic roads & shopping centres

      • Accept any leftovers for dinner or the next day so you don't need to cook & can continue to take it easy


SET UP YOUR CHILDREN'S EXPECTATIONS

  • Set up your other children's expectations by letting them know that this Christmas is going to be different to usual in that you may have a rest, need to leave earlier & leave your children to continue playing while you go home for a break etc

    • this can help to minimise whining & disappointment in your children. It can help them to feel better prepared & that they can still have fun on Christmas Day even though you can't be as present as you normally would.


  • MAKE YOUR CHRISTMAS VISIT SHORT & SWEET

    • Don't spend the whole day visiting people by making any visits short & sweet

      • It's totally OK & necessary for you & your baby to need a break & have a nap

      • It's usually hot, chaotic & exhausting, so you need to take it easy - those 4 am feeds won't be stopping for Christmas Day!


  • PUTTING YOUR FEET UP IS NON-NEGOTIABLE

    • It might be the silly season, but don't be silly & be wise with your energy expenditure

      • It's not worth it - because you will be the one who's mental health is affected, your baby will feel it & be more difficult to settle


  • STICK TO YOUR BABY'S REGULAR FEEDING & SLEEP ROUTINE

    • Don't upset the applecart - keep your routines as per usual as your baby does not know how to tell the time or read a calendar

      • babies usually expect to have a regular routine - sleep breeds sleep & a happy baby is a happy baby is a happy mother right?


IF YOU HAVE ANY OTHER TIPS TO SHARE, I'M SURE OUR READERS WOULD LOVE TO HEAR THEM! PLEASE COMMENT BELOW, KELLIE X









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Hi, thanks for stopping by!

At MILK early parenting support, I strive to be your go-to source for all your parenting needs – from pre-birth to post-birth. I'm a passionate and experienced International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). I love empowering expectant and new parents with all the knowledge and support they need to make the right decisions for their family.

Whether it’s helping you find the best feeding and sleeping strategies, or ensuring that your baby is getting the nutrition they need for optimal growth, I'm here to make sure that you and your baby get the best start in life.

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