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Tips and Traditions for Baby's First Christmas

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    The most wonderful time of year is even more wonderful now that you’re a parent. Revel in this once-in-a-lifetime moment and celebrate baby's first Christmas with our tips and tricks for creating traditions, taking photos, keeping travel stress-free and more.

  • Baby First Christmas Minted Christmas Card

    Go All Out on the Holiday Card
    If there’s one thing new parents love, it’s whipping out baby photos every chance they get. Holiday cards are the perfect way to celebrate baby's first Christmas and share your little one's adorableness with pretty much everyone in your address book. So take advantage with a primo photo card, like this sweet design from Minted.

    Shop It! Hooray Creative Festive Watercolor Florals, price varies;


  • Baby First Christmas Christmas Pajamas

    Splurge on Christmas PJs
    Nothing amps up the Christmas morning cute factor like a pair of cuddly holiday pajamas. Sure, your baby can only wear them for a month, but if you get something unisex, you can hand them down to the next kid. This colorful pair featuring Snoopy also makes a great Christmas gift for newborns.

    Shop It! Bedhead Peanuts Fitted Two-Piece Pajamas; $48;

  • Baby First Christmas Christmas Stocking
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    Choose a Whimsical Stocking
    This is the stocking you’ll pull out year after year, so get something you really love. If your stockings hold their fair share of the gift booty, look for something roomy. If you only use stockings for little trinkets, go with something smaller. Looking for something to fill baby's first Christmas stocking? Try these inexpensive stocking stuffers.

    Shop It! Snowman with Snowflakes Quilted Stocking, $25;

  • Baby First Christmas Ugly Sweater

    Pick and Choose Traditions
    Do you love how your family always throws a kitschy Christmas sweater party, or how your husband’s spends Christmas Eve playing board games? Now you have your own little family, and you can hand-pick the traditions that you like best to form your own set. This adorably ugly Christmas sweater romper could also serve as baby's first Christmas outfit.

    Shop It! Oklady My First Christmas Snowflake Coat Bodysuit Romper, $13;

  • Baby First Christmas Holiday Movies

    Start a New Family Tradition
    As much as you’ll be influenced by how you grew up, it’s also fun to come up with something that’s all your own. Beginning with baby's first Christmas, make it a ritual to read the same special holiday book each year, watch retro holiday specials like Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, or be inspired by our favorite traditions from readers.

  • Baby First Christmas Santa Photos

    Visit Santa
    Sure, your baby has no idea who the portly guy in red is. But you do, and so do your parents, who will get a big thrill out of seeing your babe (even if he’s screaming) sitting on Santa’s lap in photos. Also, enjoy the total lack of interest in getting on Santa’s gift list—it won’t last beyond baby's first Christmas!

  • Baby First Christmas Ornaments

    Buy a Keepsake Ornament
    Ornaments are all about the memories associated with them, and this first Christmas for baby is a biggie. So commemorate it with a sweet ornament you’ll love pulling out year after year. Create a photo ornament with your fave snapshot of the year, or personalize one with baby’s name or even their hand and footprints.

    Shop It! Bubzi Co. Baby Handprint & Footprint Clay Ornament Kit, $17;

  • Baby First Christmas Photo Tips

    Create a Photo Op
    You may not realize it, but your babe’s at an ideal age to get some great snaps. She can’t run out of the frame, and although it might be hard to get her into it, she can’t pull off that sweet holiday outfit you bought for her first Christmas. Shoot when you get as much natural light as possible, and use your tree or stocking-filled mantel as a background. Be sure to take a lot of photos to get just the right shot. Read our tips for taking a great kid photo.

  • Baby First Christmas Baby Locket

    Give an Heirloom Gift
    Along with the requisite brightly colored baby toys, a keepsake is the perfect gift for newborns and one that your child can pass down to her own kids some day. Need ideas? A locket or snow globe are classic choices. Get more ideas for heirloom jewelry gifts.

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    Mignonette Sterling Silver Locket Necklace, $55;

    Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Snow Globe, $49;


  • Baby First Christmas Travel Bag
    Andrew McCaul

    Make Travel Painless
    If your family’s far away, baby's first Christmas might also include baby’s first plane ride. Don’t weigh yourself down by overpacking; packs of diapers and formula can be bought at your destination, and you’ll most likely be able to do laundry wherever you are staying. However, do pack about one diaper for every hour of travel (you do not want to run out at 30,000 feet) and include plenty of wipes. This stylish and fun striped canvas tote from Baggu is perfect for traveling and spacious enough to fit all of your mommy essentials. Check out more tips for stress-free travel with baby.

    Shop It! Baggu Striped Duck Bag, $32;