Holidays are packed full of family and friends - often fun for adults and older kids, but a little overwhelming...
Holidays are packed full of family and friends - often fun for adults and older kids, but a little overwhelming for babies. With plenty of new faces, your baby may be upset, freak out, or even get sick. You can help to limit the effects of holiday stranger anxiety by trying the following: Offer your baby time to warm up. While relatives just love to scoop junior up and smother him in kisses, this could cause an instant meltdown. Explain to relatives that your baby needs some time to observe and chill before the hands on loving starts. Never force your baby to let others hold him. If he's upset, he's upset. Ignore adults who are overly insulted by this - your baby's mood and health is more important than grandpa's feelings. Have family and friends hold a favorite toy of your baby's and offer it to him. He may like a new gift as well, but an old favorite toy helps provide a level of comfort. Make sure your baby is comfortable overall - keep to a regular feeding, changing, and sleep schedule. If you have a newborn, be extra diligent, especially if he hasn't had his vaccines yet. You may want to limit holding if this is the case, or offer hand sanitizer or a sink to wash hands in. Along with family fun, also comes plenty of holiday germs.

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