Baby’s First Christmas

Marjolein Wouters - Looking at the Tree with Granny

For grown ups, Christmas time is a flurry of preparations but for kiddies, the holiday is filled with the magic of chocolate calendars, letters to Father Christmas and the hope for snow. To ensure Baby’s First Christmas is one to remember, here are three ways to add a little magic to this special festive season.

Start Your Own Family Traditions

Melissa Carolan - Baby's First Christmas Card

Christmas Eve is the perfect day to create a tradition you can repeat year after year with your little one. I asked my family and friends to tell me their favourite Christmas Eve traditions. Here’s the list to help you get started this year:

  • Decorate the Christmas Tree
  • Visit a Christmas Market
  • Attend a Christmas Carol Service (or sing by yourselves at home!)
  • Read a particular Christmas book with grandparents (we love ‘Twas the Night before Christmas)
  • Sit around the tree and share your Christmas memories
  • Visit close family with Christmas gifts
  • Set up the nativity crib (but don’t put the 3 kings until the 6th January)
  • Eat Christmas Dinner (yep! Some of my family do this on Christmas Eve instead of Christmas Day)
  • Open 1 present early (usually “Christmas” pyjamas)
  • Everyone put on new “Christmas” pyjamas
  • Hang up the stockings by the fireplace (or at the end of the bed)
  • Christmas Catch-up with the neighbours

Have a Christmas Photoshoot

Christmas Jumper Time - Marjolein Wouters 2

Step 1: Choose a Cute Outfit

A reindeer, an elf or a party outfit!


Pure cotton striped Elf Onesie with hat (M&S)

Pure cotton striped Elf Onesie with hat (M&S)

Reindeer Onesie (M&S)

Reindeer Onesie (M&S)

Braces Bodysuit (M&S)

Braces Bodysuit (M&S)

Step 2: Choose a location

Maybe in front of the tree, on your lap, with siblings or perhaps by the fireplace.

Step 3: Set up the pose

Add some christmas lights/decorations around Baby, give them a christmas teddy, or add a big red bow.

Step 4: Take the photos

Be prepared to take a lot of shots – even a sleeping Baby doesn’t stay still for long. Try out various angles, poses and maybe even different times of day.

Make a special Christmas craft

Ornament for the Tree


DIY Baby's First Christmas Ornament from A Sorta Fairytale Blog

DIY Baby’s First Christmas Ornament from A Sorta Fairytale Blog


Baby's Fingerprint Christmas Lights from Crafty Morning

Baby’s Fingerprint Christmas Lights from Crafty Morning

Salt dough baby footprint - from Roaming Rosie

Salt dough baby footprint – from Roaming Rosie

For older babies, check out Christmas Cake Sensory Tub, Felt Christmas Tree and LEGO Christmas Decorations.

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Marjolein Wouters

Lein is our very own Mary Poppins! Known to her two nieces as Aunty Lein Loon, Marjolein is an Irish Artist and Nanny living in London with her boyfriend (and sadly 0 cats). Her weekends are devoted to exploring London, mostly on foot, but sometimes in her beloved bottle-green Morris Minor.You can also read Marjolein’s scrumptious vegan food blog on
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