How to Celebrate New Year’s Eve with a Baby
December 23, 2015
Celebrating the New Year with a baby will not only be fun and memorable, but is basically a New Year must because HELLO?! You have your own Baby New Year! Babies are a symbol of new beginnings and rebirth and, consequently, have been used to signify the New Year since around 600 BC.
So if you were thinking about hiring a babysitter for the celebrating, forget about it! Here are some awesome ways to celebrate the New Year with your new addition.
Do a “Year in Review”
A really cool activity you could start doing with a baby is creating an annual “year in review” each New Year’s Eve. This is basically a series of questions answer on special stationery and keep in a special binder to add to each year. As they get older the answers will change it will be so fun to look back at how they’ve changed. You can also add new questions as they get older, but some basic staple questions that remain the same year after year will show you the most change. For a new baby, you would obviously have to answer the questions for them, but as they get older it will be fun to ask them and see what they have to say. Here are some question suggestions:
- What is baby’s favorite thing to eat?
- What is baby’s favorite song?
- How does baby like to be held the most?
- What is baby’s favorite game?
- A fun thing I did with my family was ___
- What is baby’s favorite book?
- Some firsts I accomplished this year are ___
Frame an unforgettable experience from the year
I’m going to put my neck out there and assume that having your baby was probably the most memorable experience of the year. And I’m also going to assume that you already have hundreds or thousands of pictures of your baby. A fun tradition that will allow you to look back on the best times of each year is to create a New Year’s keepsake frame. Reflect back on the year and the most unforgettable experience you had (probably giving birth). Choose the best, most memorable and commemorative photo from that experience and frame it. Create a label that says “2015” and attach it to the bottom of the frame. You could even have a metal plate engraved for only a few dollars at a local engraving shop. You can hang these in a hallway, stairwell, or wherever else allows you room to grow, and it will be fun to regularly see the highlights of your life.
Create a vision/promise board
Your baby is probably still perfect and doesn’t have much to improve upon, so rather than set New Year’s resolutions, create a vision or promise board for your baby! This can be filled with goals or ideas or activities you’d like for your child in the upcoming year. They can be simple, like taking first steps or saying a first word, or specific, like taking a memorable trip or visiting a family member. You can add goals to make certain projects for your baby, like a hand sewn dress or activity book, or a goal to sing to them every night. Whatever it is that you would like for your baby to have and experience in life, add it to your vision board.
New Year’s video interview
This may sound similar to the first suggestion, but catching this stage on video is priceless. If you’re anything like me, you probably already have 38,394,234 videos of your baby. But this is a chance to capture the highlights all in one video!
Once your child is older this can evolve into a video where they answer your questions, showcase their talents or demonstrate anything else exciting they learned over the past year. But while your baby is small, you can show them rolling over, smiling with their big toothless grin, devouring their favorite food, snuggling into mommy or daddy’s shoulder, how much they hate riding in the car, etc. Try to think of things you might forget, or even things you might have already forgotten as baby has grown. Capture the moments that will make you smile as you re-watch this video in the years to come. If you can’t capture everything in one shot, use a simple video editing program to merge all of your shots into one video. Save it someplace safe and label it “2015 New Year’s Interview.” Each year you can add to it, and start a tradition of watching the past years before creating the new one.
Prepare for the Big Night
- First off, you’ll have to prepare a few things in advance to make sure the evening goes smoothly. Since staying up until midnight probably isn’t a regular occurrence, there are some things you can do to prepare for the memorable night:
- Get plenty of rest. Make sure you all get a good night’s sleep the night before and earlier in the day so everyone is happy and alert for the activities. Happy baby = happy party.
- Party food. Your baby deserves some special cuisine for New Year’s Eve celebrations, as well. If he/she is old enough, buy special baby puffs or pouches that your baby LOVES. You could even make your own baby food to ensure the highest quality ingredients for your baby New Year.
- Wear your baby for a stress-free night. Consider using a baby carrier or baby wrap to free up your hands but also to keep baby snuggled up close. This will make all of the activities a lot easier and allow baby to be involved in everything that you are.
- Don’t expect or attempt to have baby stay up til midnight. Obviously an infant can’t and shouldn’t stay up until midnight, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be involved in the festivities (and if your sweet little bundle of joy hasn’t quite figured out a good sleeping schedule yet, maybe they just might wake up in time to join you for the countdown!)
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