Holiday Traditions You Can Start with Your Baby

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Holidays are all about traditions—both sharing your favorites and creating new ones for your children. Your little one might be too young to sit through your favorite seasonal movie or sing your favorite holiday songs, but there are plenty of ways to get your baby involved, even as at such a young age.


1. Schedule an annual professional family photo shoot. You might have a million pictures of your baby, but how many shots do you have of the whole family? Start a tradition of getting some quality photos taken at the same time every year, and you can even include them with your holiday cards or frame them as gifts for the grandparents.

2. Pick out a book or toy to give to a charity collecting gifts. Kids of all ages take special pride in helping those in need, and encouraging your children to give to other children is a truly special tradition.

3. Splurge on adorable sleepwear. Babies are always outgrowing their clothes, and pajamas are no exception. Retailers turn out some of their cutest PJs at the end of the year (2015 is giving us tons of plaid flannel and fair isle), and having new winter pajamas will make your little one feel warm and cozy. Wash all the new PJs in Dreft Stage 1: Newborn liquid detergent as soon as you bring them home so they’re ready for your baby to wear on special holiday nights.

4. Write your baby a letter. Include details about how you’re celebrating the holidays that year and what milestones he or she has reached lately. Each year, collect the letters in a scrapbook or box and you’ll have a priceless keepsake to pass down. This year she might just love playing with wrapping paper, but by writing it down you’re helping write the story of her childhood, and I can’t think of a better gift than that.

What holiday traditions are you planning to start with your babies?

Leah Maxwell is a book editor, freelance writer, cereal addict, wife, and mom to two young boys. She has been blogging at A Girl and a Boy since 2003. 

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