Motherhood: Baby's First Advent

Monday, December 4, 2017

Okay, okay. I know Ellis is only 10 months old (his monthly update is coming soon!), and he won't remember any of this. But I will and he will enjoy the moments as they happen, so doesn't it sound fun to have a Advent calendar to celebrate the entire season? Of course, as much as I love those little chocolates.... activities sound even better. Activities that were baby-geared were a little harder to come up with, especially since he's already met Santa at a craft fair (it went swimmingly, as you can see).  There's always a lot going on in December, but I also wanted a mix of more low-key activities because he can get overwhelmed in crowds.  What do you do to celebrate the season with your family?

1)  Read Christmas books (See my picks herehere, here and here)
2) Get a tree (We are thinking a smaller one, on a stand, out of reach of baby hands.)
3) Decorate tree
4) Mom wrap presents while baby practices unwrapping presents
5) "Help" make cookies with grandma
6) Give cookies to our moms' group babysitters
7) Nativity Scene sensory box
8) Play the "Stocking Game" where you put items in the stocking for the baby to fish out
9) Make a footprint ornament for your own tree and grandparents' trees
10) Set up a toy train around the tree (aaaaaand likely take it back down when done playing because- baby hands.)
11) Play with "Snow" Dough
12) Give cookies to children librarians and check out christmas books (Yes, new and soon-to-be moms! Your library likely has board books you can check out!)
13) Make and eat St. Lucia Buns
14) Get a Christmas-themed Balloon (This works for even very young babies. See here)
15) Visit Grandma at work and say "hi" to the nursing home residents
16) shop for Toys for Tots
17) take a baby photo with a Santa Hat and tree
18)Play with Jingle Bells
19) Sledding at Grandma's house
20)Visit Daddy at Work (bring some treats!)
21) No-Mess painting with red and green paint
22) Play with Lights in a Jar
23) Look at Christmas Lights with the family
24) Christmas Eve with the family!
25) Christmas Day!

Some alternative ideas for other moms to consider would be dying some cooked pasta noodles red and green for an exploratory bin, or making a "photo tree."

1 comment

  1. That picture is too funny, and I love your advent ideas :)


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