May 08, 2018
Traditions serve an important role in helping us to cherish those special moments for years to come. After all, babies are not little for long, and before you know it you’ll passing around their baby pictures at their 18th birthday party wondering where all the time went.
Just like the passing of seasons, traditions surrounding the arrival of a new baby change with time. Where once there was Christenings, now there are naming ceremonies, and where once men were not allowed in the delivery room, now partners can be there to witness and support the miracle of childbirth.
Therefore, to help you find a tradition that you can look back on with joy, we’ve rounded up five new baby traditions that you can adopt to help you make memories.
1) The Family Baby Shower
Currently, baby showers are a celebration of the pending arrival and for expectant mothers to be adorned with gifts. But many new mothers are requesting for family and friends to hold off on the festivities until the arrival of the baby.
This new tradition not only helps to bring in all the family but ensures that partners aren’t left out of the celebrations.
For those who dislike being the centre of attention or playing games that involve eating baby food, this is a much more sophisticated way to enjoy the celebrations and allow the new bundle of joy to attract all the attention.
2) Planting a Tree
While this may not be a new tradition, it’s emergence here in the UK is growing as parents wish to signify their child’s impact on the world in a more environmentally friendly way.
Planting a tree along with the umbilical cord is fast becoming a beautiful ceremony in which parents can create a heritage for the little one, and ensure they grow-up understanding the world around them.
3) Splitting Maternity Leave
When a new baby is due the focus is solely on the mother, but many partners will also want to bond with the baby once they’ve arrived so that they can feel part of this magical process.
Splitting maternity leave with a partner is becoming more popular as fathers wish to support their newborn child and gain their own memories of the little one.
4) Monthly Photos
A trend that has ventured across from the USA, monthly baby photos are becoming a hot tradition for new parents as they look to capture the incredible stages of development that their child goes through in the early days.
Therefore dressing your baby up each month with a card of how many months old they are can be a wonderful way to continue to make memories. Some parents have even gone so far as to dressing their baby in unusual or seasonal outfits just to mark the month, so it’s a tradition that you can have some real fun with.
Print out the photos and don’t forget to add them to an album which you can cherish and pass on.
5) A Letter For Every Birthday
This is a beautiful tradition that can continue throughout their life and one which will give real meaning to them for a long time to come. Writing a letter to them for every birthday is a wonderful way of detailing what they’ve done in the year and how special they are to you.
The great thing about this tradition is that you don’t have to give the letters on their birthday, instead, you simply write the letter and save it for when they are an adult. Presenting the tradition in this way can give your children a deeper insight into their childhood, and truly relish with you in some of those special times.
December 11, 2018
If the festive season didn’t feel exciting and filled with wonder already, along comes your little one and gives you a fresh perspective on what the Christmas season truly means.
Making that first Christmas special can feel overwhelming, you want everything to be picture perfect but you know they’re not going to remember all the fuss.
Gift giving for your newborn is the easy part, after all, you want to spoil them. But we’ve listed below some thoughtful first Christmas presents that will last well beyond this Christmas and go on to be treasured keepsakes in their lives.
November 27, 2018
It’s true what they say - children are the ones that make Christmas special.
With festivities fast approaching, you may be getting overwhelmed in the planning of your baby’s first Christmas. And that’s completely understandable.
After all, as parents, we want to make it perfect for them and create memories that can be looked on in many years to come.
Although your little one will not remember their first Christmas, traditions are a great thing to begin to establish during Christmas, as they can continue year-after-year, and become something that your child cherishes about the festive season when they are older.
To help inspire you, we’ve listed some of the thoughtful traditions you can begin to help your baby’s first Christmas to be magical, in the hope they will last far longer than the real fir tree.
November 13, 2018
As parents, we want to be able to capture all those special moments of our little one's lives. But when you’re not a professional photographer, sometimes capturing those picture perfect moments can be frustrating.
As famous photographer WC Fields once said - “never work with animals or children.”
And when you’re a parent you can understand why. Not only because your model is often a wiggle bum, but also because the lighting might not be great, or you’ve realised you can see the giant pile of ironing in the background.
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