The festive time with your child's eyesAt this age your child will be the feast with all Enjoy the senses. All the lights and sounds will impress him deeply.
Between the ages of six and eight months, his eyesight has developed and it sees the world as we adults do. Of course, your baby is too young to understand why all this fuss is made. But you can not begin early enough to establish your own family traditions, whether that means joining the Christmas tree together, setting up a Hanukkah candelabra, or celebrating Ramadan fasting.
Your baby may take a while to get used to (foreign) visitors, as it now understands more as a separate individual rather than as a part of you. At six months, it might start to stutter, so do not expect it to stay on the lap of Santa Claus voluntarily, or keep it in the granny's and grandfather's arms as long as it's not yet used to the new faces.
It's often too easy to be infected with the festive mood, forgetting that too many new faces, sounds and things can overstate even the most peaceful baby. Take care of your child's needs: lay it down for a nap if it shows its usual signs of tiredness (plucking on the ear, rubbing the eyes, irritability). If your little one is particularly confused, then take a break in your party activities and give him a few hours rest.
If you mess up a baby's daily routine through the festivities, you will not be able to avoid problems. If at all possible, you should therefore stick to your child's bedtime. It is better to find a quiet room for a nap than to calm the rest of the day for a tired and over-excited child.
Traveling the HolidaysA journey can tear your baby out of its growing need for safety and routine when it comes to unknown places or to unknown people. Plan a lot of time away from the hustle and bustle, give yourself plenty of time just for yourself and your baby. If your baby has a beloved stuffed animal, a blanket, or even a pacifier, then these ""comforters"" should always be at hand.
Traveling in the Christmas HolidaysIf you're traveling by car at Christmas, your baby will overslept most of the way, but when it's awake, it will be much more demanding than in the past few months.
Take stuffed animals and books with you for entertainment (they're easier to pack than larger toys). Your child will also not want to stay in his child seat all the time. Take breaks and let your child crawl in between, or give him a chance to pull himself up.
Many motorway service areas now have children's play areas where you can put your child on the floor for at least a while to make them move a bit. If you are flying, give your child at the airport another chance to crawl or pull up.
Remember that just in the Christmas period the weather can make a dash through your careful planning. So pack enough diapers, spare clothes and possibly baby food. Also bring a warm blanket, it can be very useful if you are stuck in a traffic jam and it gets cold in the car.
Read more tips for traveling with baby.
Safety during the holidaysIn matters of safety, the holidays are a nightmare for parents with an active, curious baby. Small toy parts, sweets, fragile decorations, candles, nuts - is there anything you do not have to worry about? Now that your darling can sit, crawl, or even walk, you need to be alert all the time, especially if you're with friends or family whose home is not child safe. Once babies have expanded their radius of action, nothing is safe from them. For some especially mobile babies, a Christmas tree is the Mount Everest - they will try to climb it, because that's exciting.
Other things to keep in mind: Christmas stars, mistletoes, and other Christmas plants are out of the reach of children, even though the poinsettia, contrary to popular belief, is not toxic (their baby would need to eat 50 leaves to get sick), Even gift ribbons and transparencies that your baby might suffocate are out of the reach of children's hands.
Also, remember that your visitors' hand and shopping bags have not been checked for child safety. If your little one is slowly getting mobile, you should banish all these things from his range of action.
Build a child-safe barrier around the Christmas tree, making sure that all real candles are out of reach. Alternatively, this year you can buy a smaller tree that you can set up at a height your baby can not reach. Do not let tablecloths dangle over the edges - your child might be tempted to hold onto or pull up.
A tip from a BabyCenter mother: wrap empty boxes of different colored, non-toxic paper and put those ""false gifts"" within Babies range.Not only will this save your real gifts from being ""chewed"" by your sweetheart, it will also captivate your child's attention and distract them from pulling on the tree itself.
If you spend Christmas with relatives, make sure you either bring a travel cot or the cot you have borrowed conforms to current safety standards. And make sure that the mixer taps on the faucets are not set too hot, that your baby could be scalded by it when the faucet is opened.
The most common accidents at this age are burns from cigarettes, coffee, power cords, or electrical outlets. Make sure that all candles are out of reach of babies, hide electrical cables behind furniture or in cable conduits. Make sure that there are no open matches or lighters lying around.
There's always a lot of traffic during the Christmas holidays - which also means a bigger accident risk. Make sure that the child seat is properly secured. Typical errors when installing child seats: The straps are not properly attached, the flaps are not closed properly, the child is not properly strapped, the seat is too loose. A correctly installed seat must not move to either side! Only attach the child seat to the front passenger seat if the airbag is switched off there. Otherwise: In any car, the middle space in the back seat is the safest.
Even if you do not need to buy a seat on a plane for a baby under the age of two, we recommend that you do it for a multi-hour flight. Your journey is much more relaxed with this extra space, and it's safer for your baby to sit well-strapped in his own seat. Read more about traveling with the baby
Christmas presents for your baby
Your baby is getting livelier. On all fours or on two legs, it now enjoys the freedom of movement and mobility - a baby at this age goes (or crawls) everywhere and reaches for everything that seemed previously unreachable. Toys that help him refine his motor and mental abilities are ideal at this age, and books are always a good choice. A downloadable list of toy ideas for this age can be found here.If relatives or friends give something that's unfit for your baby, just pack it away until it can do it.
Christmas with your 12 to 18-month-old baby