Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, is a time for families to come together and celebrate the start of a new year. If you’re celebrating with a baby, you might be wondering how to incorporate them into the festivities. At TYT, we love celebrating Chinese New Year and we have some tips for making the most of the holiday with a little one:
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Incorporate age-appropriate activities
Including very young babies in the Chinese New Year celebrations can be done by involving them in simple activities such as making red envelopes or helping decorating the house with traditional decorations. Also, playing Chinese New Year music and singing along or reading Chinese New Year-themed books together can make them feel included in the festivities. These activities create special memories and allow babies to participate in their own way.
Include your baby in the food
Chinese New Year can be overwhelming for babies, so it’s important to ensure their safety and comfort. For food, newborns (0-1 month) can be introduced to small amounts of age-appropriate seasonings and spices commonly used in Chinese cuisine, always consulting with a pediatrician first. For infants (1 month to 1 year), soft finger foods like steamed fish, dumplings and soft-cooked noodles are perfect and should be cut into small pieces to encourage self-feeding. Always be mindful of any allergies and adjust the menu accordingly.
Additionally, to make sure you feel relaxed, you can also consider drinking a natural and non-alcoholic relaxation beverage like CPG, which can help reduce stress and tension and promote a sense of calmness. This way you can make sure that you and your baby can fully enjoy the celebrations and make lasting memories.
Take breaks as needed
Chinese New Year can be overwhelming for babies, it’s important to take breaks and give your baby some quiet time to rest and recharge. Consider giving them a massage with a safe oil like TYT Oil, and establishing a regular feeding and napping schedule. Create a comfortable space for them to rest and have a small bag of essentials ready. Keeping your baby well-rested, happy and comfortable during the Chinese New Year celebrations will allow them to enjoy the festive season with you.
Don’t forget about safety
Chinese New Year is a time for celebration, but it’s important to keep safety in mind when caring for your baby during the holiday. Supervision is key, make sure your baby is within your line of sight at all times, be aware of the environment and potential hazards such as decorations, open flames and sharp objects, be mindful of their food, it should be appropriate for their age, free of potential allergens and choking hazards. Keep a first-aid kit on hand in case of emergency, and ensure the home is safe-proofed, by keeping an eye on open windows and toxic cleaning products, these are all ways to ensure your baby’s safety during the celebrations. With careful planning and attention to detail, you and your baby can enjoy all the fun and festivities the holiday has to offer while keeping safety as the top priority.
Celebrating Chinese New Year with a baby can be a lot of fun, and it’s a great way to introduce them to their cultural heritage. At TYT, we are proud to be a part of the vibrant Chinese community and we love sharing these special traditions with our families. Just remember to be mindful of your baby’s needs and make sure everyone has a happy and safe holiday. Gong Xi Fa Cai!