Make Christmas Day Special for your Toddler

22 December 2011

One year old toddlers don't see the world like we do so it takes a lot of simplification to make the holiday season and especially Christmas day special for them. Here are some tips I plan on implementing:
  • Remove their toy gifts from the packaging before wrapping. I told you about Sugar discovering their bag of toys right? The packaging was tricky and took almost 5 long minutes to unravel. 5 minutes of a baby whining, screaming and trying to push the buttons on the toy while I'm trying to remove screws and tape and Styrofoam.
  • Wrap in shiny wrapping paper that rumples but does not rip easily. Babies/toddlers love shiny wrapping paper and that will sooner or later find its way into their mouth. It's a good idea to have paper that does not dissolve in the acidic saliva of a teething baby.  
  • Go easy on the wrapping tape or skip the tape. That way, the baby can grab and "unwrap" the present without help.
  • Remember them in the menu - dice or puree the foods, dilute the "safe" drinks and give in sippy cups.
Not a whole lot, but it can make a big difference for the little ones. Merry Christmas peeps!

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