First Christmas musts

Whether you are a first-time parent or an old pro, there’s always something special about enjoying your baby’s first experiences. Christmas is a wonderful time to create memories that will last a lifetime for both you and your young one. Here are a few ideas for making baby’s first Christmas one to remember.

  • Heirloom gifts are things your baby will have forever and can someday pass down to their own kids. A locket, snow globe, keepsake box or jewelry is a good starting point when looking for that perfect gift
  • A keepsake ornament celebrating baby’s first Christmas is one decoration you’ll love hanging on the tree every season
  • Your baby will have no idea who the bearded guy dressed in red is, but you do, and so do your parents, and they’ll get a big thrill out of seeing baby in Santa’s lap
  • Sure, they can only wear them for a couple of months, but nothing says the holidays like a snuggly set of footie pajamas
  • Create a photo card to share baby’s first holiday season with all your friends and family. In years to come, it will be fun to look back on that picture and remember the joy of the holiday season

Baby-friendly Thanksgiving

It’s easy to create a flavorful, fantastic Thanksgiving meal your baby can partake in with the rest of the family. With the help of a food processor, baby can enjoy pureed turkey, green beans, corn, sweet potatoes or pumpkin pie. After your baby grows into a toddler, let them inspire you to make more kid-friendly recipes that become a family tradition.

Salty tots

Did you know babies cannot taste salt until they reach about five months old? Researchers believe the delay is related to the development of the kidneys, which start to process sodium at about that same age. The average baby also has around 10,000 taste buds, far more than full-grown adults. Eventually, these buds disappear, but until they do the taste buds cover the tongue, cheeks, roof of the mouth and even the back of baby’s throat.

Newborn hiccups

Why is it that your newborn seems to have so many hiccups? Researchers at Penn State Children’s Hospital say it’s actually a good thing, an indication that baby is well fed. Hiccups are caused when the diaphragm, the respiratory muscle located at the base of the chest, gets irritated. Since a baby’s tummy and torso are so small, it doesn’t take much to fill their bellies and push it up into the diaphragm.