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Monday, December 7, 2015

Baby's First Christmas with PC Organics {+ GIVEAWAY}

Christmas is an exciting time of year full of fun activities, celebrations, and tasty treats. As adults it's fun to continue favourite traditions with our kids and watch them enjoy the holidays, and there's something a little extra special if it's a first Christmas for your baby. While this can be a fun and exciting time for them, it can also be tough on a little one's schedule/ routine. In my last collab with the PC® Organics Baby team we've come up with some tips to help the holiday season go smoothly for families with babies & toddlers. Check them out below.

Tick Tock
Try to keep your little one’s schedule as close to their regular routine as possible. If you bring your little one to holiday gatherings where it will be a late night- or staying overnight- it's a good idea to bring bed and bath- time items with you. If dinner goes into overtime, put your little one through their regular night-time routine and find a quiet place to put them to sleep until the party wraps up. This way, you can keep them on their regular routine and avoid undue upsets from being overtired. (We'll make sure there's a playpen or crib for the kids to sleep in and bring favourite blankets and stuffies to help them feel at home).

Candy Caution
The holidays include a variety of sweet treats in bright and enticing colours that are sure to attract your little one’s attention. Be sure to watch your baby or toddler around sweet treats to ensure they don’t put something in their mouth that could be a choking or allergy hazard.

Treats & Snacks
Family and friends often want to feed little ones at a party, but many adult foods aren’t the best choice for your baby or toddler. Why not pack some colourful fruit & veggies or age-appropriate baby cookies for them to snack on? Food pouches are another great idea. These options will make your baby feel included in the festivities while giving you piece of mind that they’re not eating anything they shouldn’t.

Mealtimes Matter
With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season it can be easy to forget to focus on family mealtimes and sit down to eat. These changes in schedule and food can sometimes cause tummy upsets for little ones. Try to keep your baby’s meal times as consistent with their regular routine as possible. Offer them some healthy options that they enjoy. See here  and here for some healthy and convenient suggestions.

Deck the Halls
Trimming the tree? Consider the décor you use with little ones around. Skip the tinsel, which can be a choking hazard, and be mindful of small toys and ornaments. Mistletoe, holly, poinsettias, and other plants are commonly used as decorations during the season; however these plants are potentially poisonous and should be kept well out of reach.

Time to Celebrate
The holidays are special for everyone, especially for the little ones in your life, and it's the perfect time to make memories and create traditions for years to come. Include your baby in as many family holiday activities as possible. From hanging stockings to the Santa Claus parade, be sure to find ways your baby can participate, even in a small way. Additionally, don’t forget to take lots of photos to capture those special moments you'll want to remember.

Giveaway Time!
I've got two PC® Organics Baby Prize packs up for grabs (worth $100 each!)! And my friend Andria from The Cheerio Diaries has teamed up with me so readers will have more chances to win (her giveaway coming soon!). See below for all the ways to enter!

Visit the PC® Organics website to learn more about their products and to find out how to speak with a Loblaws dietician. 
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