Baby's First Holiday Cheer: Tips for New Parents Surviving the Holiday Rush

The festive season in the Philippines is nothing short of magical, with vibrant celebrations, delicious feasts, and the warmth of family and friends. However, for new parents, this time of year can be both exhilarating and overwhelming. Balancing the joy of the holidays with the demands of parenting a newborn requires strategic planning and a touch of creativity. Here are seven easy and actionable tips and hacks to help new parents not just survive but truly enjoy the holidays - Pinoy style!🎄

Master the Art of Nap-Time Planning

As a new parent, you've likely discovered the value of your baby's nap time. Use this precious window to plan your holiday activities strategically. Schedule visits to relatives or holiday gatherings during your little one's nap times, ensuring you have uninterrupted time to celebrate without disrupting your baby's routine. 

Misa de Gallo might be your family’s annual holiday tradition, but consider modifying it a bit and attending online for this year, and revisit plans to attend the revered Simbang Gabi mass next year when the baby’s a year older, sleeping a bit better, and routine immunization is on track.

Create a Portable Baby Care Station

The holidays often involve hopping from one place to another. Create a portable baby care station by packing a small bag with essential items like diapers, wipes, changing mats, baby clothes, and feeding supplies. This way, you're always prepared for unexpected situations, allowing you to focus on the festivities rather than worrying about your baby's needs. 

At best, always keep a sanitizer, wipes, and extra diapers in each of your bags. Packing a separate car bag for on-the-go comfort is a handy pro tip!

Embrace the Power of Babywearing

Invest in a comfortable baby carrier or sling. This will not only keep your baby close and secure but also give you the freedom to move around and participate in holiday activities. We love babywearing our newborn for contact naps. Plus, we found that other people would touch the baby less, and even be hesitant to ask to carry the baby, whenever we’re babywearing. This is a great way to ease your anxieties during holiday gatherings and keep track of your baby’s nap time. 

Whether you're shopping for gifts, strolling through festive markets, or joining family gatherings, babywearing allows you to be hands-free while keeping your little one content.

Strategic Gift-Giving

Simplify the gift-giving process by opting for online shopping and delivery services. This saves you time and energy, allowing you to focus on enjoying the holiday moments with your family. If you want to give to a dear friend who just became a new parent but you’re overseas, you can send them BaoBao Babies e-gift cards that they can use to shop online wherever they are in the Philippines. 

Additionally, consider giving the gift of experiences, such as a massage or a meal delivery service, which can be especially appreciated during the challenging early days of parenthood. Nothing like warm homemade food to bring in the holiday spirit to a new parents’ home!

Delegate and Prioritize

Don't be afraid to delegate tasks or ask for help. Family and friends are often more than willing to assist, especially during the holidays. Prioritize your responsibilities, focusing on what truly matters, and let go of the rest. By sharing the load, you'll have more energy to savor the festive season with your loved ones.

Create a Baby-Friendly Celebration Space

When hosting or attending gatherings, ensure there's a safe and comfortable space for your baby. Set up a cozy corner with a playpen, soft blankets, and a few toys. This not only provides a familiar environment for your little one but also allows you to enjoy the festivities without constant worry.

Schedule "Me-Time" Moments

Amidst the holiday hustle, don't forget to schedule moments of self-care. Whether it's a quiet cup of hot sikwate (Pro tip: melt a peppermint candy cane in it, et voilà! your own homemade Christmas drink🎄), a short walk, or a few minutes of meditation, taking care of your well-being is essential. A rejuvenated parent is better equipped to handle the challenges and joys of the holiday season.

We're here for you, new mama! 🤗 Settling in during the newborn season can be struggle so take your time. In the meantime, let us help you with your mom and baby needs, even during the wee hours, at And whenever you're up for some fresh air, feel free to drop by our shop Baobao Babies Store daily from 10am to 7pm.

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