It’s that time of year again, Christmas.
Family get togethers, visiors and gifts galore… and everyone wants to play pass the parcel with your baby. “Give me a hold” “can I have them now?” “I’ll just take them for a while”
Now sometimes those are welcomed greatly, especially when you’ve been holding your baby ALL. Day. Long. Because they just won’t settle.
But sometimes it can be a bit too much. The seemingly endless amounts of family and friends that want (or sometimes demand) their “share” of your baby. Not to mention we’re at the peak of cold and flu season. Not cool guys!
So here’s a few of my tips to help you survive the holiday season whether you’re a new mum, breastfeeding/ pumping or bottle feeding! And how to keep those hands away in the politest way.
Feeding – whether you’re breastfeeding, pumping or bottle feeding. Trying to maintain an uninterrupted normal “routine”, can be difficult. Trying to wrestle grandparents off your hungry baby can be hard. Trying to wrestle your baby to stay on the breast/bottle can be hard. Especially if you have a nosey baby and there’s so much going on around you that is so much more interesting!
Don’t be afraid to ask for baby back. Each baby has different feeding que’s and others won’t always know them. If you know baby needs feeding and great aunt Julia is having a cuddle and says “oh, but she looks fine to me” don’t be scared to take YOUR baby back.
Try taking yourself off somewhere quiet if you need to. This allows you to feed little one without interruptions. Let people know you’re going to feed baby and that you need some quiet time. This will give you the chance to have a bit of a breather for yourself (after all it is tiring enough being a mum, but seeing lots of people in short spaces of time and in crownded places can be just as exhausting!) and it allows you to feed baby without them pulling of the boob/bottle every two seconds to see what’s going on around them!
Hands, so many hands!
If you’re anything like me, the idea of family and friends playing the endless game of “pass the baby” makes you want to curl up and die, then read on.
Like I said before, don’t be afraid to say no. At the end of the day, your baby is your baby. Their immune system is still weaker than yours. If grandma Sandra had a cold last week but “feels fine now” you can still say no to an ask of a cuddle if it makes you feel uncomfortable.
Better yet, wear your baby.
People are much less likely to demand to hold them if they’re sleeping soundly in a sling/ carrier on their mothers chest! – plus, two free hands to eat alllll the Christmas food as well as snuggling your babe. What more could you want?!
And lastly, enjoy your holidays. But enjoy doing your thing too.
Don’t let anyone pressure you to see people or hand your baby over constantly if it makes you unhappy or uncomfortable.
And don’t feel bad for doing things your way either! If you need to leave to feed/ put to bed/ bathe baby because that’s your routine, then do it!
Much love, from our family to yours x