Don’t miss these things when it’s your baby’s very first Christmas. We’ve partnered with Procter & Gamble to help you come up with the best craft ideas for this important milestone in your baby’s life. From ornaments, to decorating a first Christmas tree to even picking out favorite story books to read with your baby, you won’t want to miss these beautiful moments on your baby’s first Christmas.
Put up a tiny tree for baby’s first Christmas tree. We love our little 24 inch tree, and it makes the perfect place for all our DIY ornaments that the kids make through the years. As baby grows, you can always let this tree decorate their room.
One of our favorite memory ornaments is this adorable reindeer fingerprint ornament. It makes the perfect gift idea for grandparents as you all celebrate baby’s first Christmas together.
This reindeer ornament is pretty simple to make, you’ll need:
- Plastic round ornaments
- Finger paints
- Permanent marker
- Red pom poms
- White Glitter
- Red/White pipe cleaners
Start by painting baby’s finger tips with brown finger paint and doing eight total fingerprints on each ornament. Use your permanent markers to draw faces, antlers and even write your child’s name and the year or “Baby’s first Christmas” on the outside of the ornament.
Pour glitter inside the ornament until about 1/3 of the way full and add one red pom pom to represent rudolf’s nose. Cover the ornament and add the red/white pipe cleaners to hang it on. We are sure to use pipe cleaners since the traditional metal ornament hooks can be such a safety hazard for babies!
If you don’t want to bother with the glitter, you can do the same basic first ornament idea with any plain round ornament, and paints. A paint pen sometimes works best on these instead of permanent marker.
This is a gift idea that will be cherished for years to come!
Another popular first Christmas craft idea is a salt dough ornament to capture baby’s footprint or handprint.
Since baby will be worn out by all the ornament creations, make sure you have your favorite Christmas storybook on hand to read before changing the baby into a cozy Pampers Swaddlers Overnights diaper and putting her down to rest. You want to be sure she’s wearing the very best so it doesn’t leak and wake her up during nap.
It always surprised me when doing crafts with my baby how tired it would make them. You’ll definitely want to be standing by with a fresh diaper, and fresh clothes since you are sure to get paint all over whatever you were wearing to craft.
After baby is in bed you could make this adorable diaper wreath to hang on the front door.
This is a fun idea, especially if you are welcoming your baby into the world around December (or you know some one who is). We LOVED making this with items we found at the craft store and seeing how it all came together with our Pampers Swaddlers Overnights at the center of it all.
Another fun craft to do AFTER baby is in bed, is to grab baby’s first pair of shoes and add a ribbon to them. Baby shoes are the cutest and the tiny newborn shoe hanging on your tree for years to come will be the cutest little remembrance of when your baby’s feet were so little!
You can use fabric paint to write the year on the sole of the shoe as well.
Another fun first Christmas craft idea is to take baby to a pottery painting store and do footprint crafts. You can make plates, or mugs to keep forever or share with friends and family.
One thing I regret from my baby’s first Christmas was not getting MORE pictures of baby with various members of the family. Thankfully we have a shot of the whole family (though not a great one) but we don’t have a picture of baby and the grandparents on his first Christmas or with aunts and uncles.
One way to help you remember to snap these shots is to take pictures when you give out the ornaments or other Christmas crafts you’ve made with baby to give as Christmas gifts. When you give a present to a family member, make sure they take baby for a minute and snap the shot! It might be a bit of an inconvenience in the moment, but you’ll be glad you have those shots for years to come.
Most of all, remember not to stress yourself out too much. The most important piece of baby’s first Christmas is that you all enjoy it together. I’ve been known to make an ornament with the kids a few weeks after Christmas, because I wanted the keepsake but we simply didn’t get to it in December.
You do what works best for your family, and if that includes all these fun crafts and ideas, awesome! If not, know you are still an amazing parent with lots of fun Christmases to enjoy with your family in the future!
The only thing you HAVE to do on Christmas is feed and clothe the baby all day. Pampers has you covered with the leak-proof diapers, so now you only have to worry about feeding and having fun with your family. Everything else is just bonus and extra fun!
Make the holidays a little bit easier with your chance to win a $25 Babies R Us gift card towards Pampers Swaddlers Overnights diapers. Enter the giveaway here:
From 12/2-12/10 you can save $10 on a value box of Pampers (offer good in store only).
From 12/20 – 1/7 you can receive a free $10 gift card with purchase of Pampers super pack of diapers.
Use these to help you get through all of baby’s firsts this year and this holiday season!
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