- Babies will often change their feeding habits due to the heat during the day. You may find that your little one will feed shorter within daytime while making up longer feeds at night. This can be quite tiring, particularly during the busy holidays. You might like to try and find an air conditioned room a few times a day to encourage longer feeds. An afternoon nanna nap in an air-conditioned room can do wonders for you both. For more information, you can check out this article about keeping your baby cool in the heat.
- Your baby may only need to be in a singlet and nappy during the hottest part of the day. Particularly if you’re holding your baby in a carrier. For more information, check out this article about babywearings on hot weather.
- Be careful of the sun and make sure you keep your little one under cover during the hottest part of the day. Sunscreens and covering up are essential when out in full sun. But don’t forget about the reflective light from bodies of water, including creeks and pools.
There are going to be lots of changes to your baby’s rhythms during this time. - particularly if you are away from home. It may not be practical to try and work around your little one’s sleep times. But you may like to consider the following:
- Keep in mind that this will only be for a short time. Perhaps a few weeks? It’s OK to relax a bit during the holidays and allow your little one to cat nap and sleep whenever they can. Babywearing can be a wonderful way to let your little one sleep regularly, without needing you take yourself off to another room or even to ask everyone to be quiet. Bonus points to you if your little one falls asleep while being held by another family member!
- If you do find the festivities tiring, it’s OK to take you and your baby into a quiet room for a nanna nap. The wonderful thing about the holidays is someone else will be taking care of dinner. So you don't have to worry yourself out with all the work-around.
This has to be one of the biggest challenges parents face. Parents will always receive unwanted advice about their children! A family holiday can be a condensed version of the everyday barrage. There’s a number of ways you might consider tackling this ongoing issue:
- Remember that most family members would tend to offer advice out of love and concern - not as a judgement on your parenting. If you think about their motivations in this sense, it’s easier to say “Thank you for that idea. I might try that sometime". Whether you take it on board or forget about it, doesn’t matter in the long run.
- Think about what topics you bring up on the holidays. Don’t start or participate in conversations that you don’t want to have.
- Are you up for a debate? It’s OK to educate someone, if you think they’re receptive. This can be done in a gentle and helpful way, rather than combative. But be aware, many people subconsciously consider a difference of opinion as a judgement on their decisions. Pick your battles.
- If someone is being rude, it’s OK to ignore them. Or call them out on their behaviour. “What a rude thing to say” is a valid response to someone who is being deliberately offensive. Then either steer the conversation to something else or move away instead.
Yes! You can drink on holidays while breastfeeding. Like any parenting decision you make, there are risks, benefits and safety factors to take into consideration. You have to consider things like the age of the baby, the timing of the feed, or whether you choose other type of drinks for this holiday season.
If you want to know more, you can read this article from the Australian Breastfeeding Association beforehand and feel free take a copy of their handout to show concerned relatives.
Though there may be quite a few new things to consider this holiday season, you can still have fun and enjoy the occasion with a newborn. In any case, if you have have any concerns about your newborn or breastfeeding, you can always contact me and I will be happy to schedule an appointment to answer your questions.