8 Toddler Pitfalls to Avoid on Christmas Morning

December 22, 2011 · Print This Article

by Ashley Grimaldo

Regardless of your nostalgic, Christmas-morning-frenzy memories, you’ll quickly learn that a no-holds-barred approach doesn’t go by well with your toddler — particularly on the most anticipated dawn of the year. Don’t wing it Christmas AM. Get a game plan together now so that your entire family can enjoy the holidays without going into meltdown mode.


1. Decide on a number of sweet treats allowed.
With the font of sucrose flowing all through the holidays, be a sugar-monitor fiend and build certain other house visitors know your rules. whether you have a struggle with, ahem, I-want-to-be-the-favorite grandmothers, get it out in the open first rather than commencing a ability struggle on Christmas. According to the American Heart Association, children should limit their intake to about 4 teaspoons of added sugar each day.

2. Get to bed early the night before.
While establishing family traditions for Christmas takes precedence by toddler routine, compose your plans fair for the younger crowd. Try to wrap up Christmas Eve activities early and give plenty of down moment before going to sleep. Junior needs good rest to enjoy the following AM. He won’t get it whether he stays up until 10:00 with out-of-town visitors.

3. Limit gift opening to a small number.
Three is good. that will be the hardest part of your holiday experience. Regardless of your convictions, the gift-giving fever kicks in at Toys ‘R Us and you go crazy buying, wrapping–and still more buying–several days ahead of Christmas. Even that late in the season you can nab holiday coupons from sites likeCouponSherpa.com for one or two special gifts — open them earlier in the week rather than all at once on Christmas .

4. Wrap up the wee hours with quiet moment and a nap.
After opening a few presents and enjoying date with visiting family, give your toddler plenty of moment to decompress alone in a quiet space. Review the fun times of the with her and read a special book to help calm her down. Be on the lookout for overstimulation — nasty meltdowns, hyperactivity, and avoiding eye contact should be a red flag to flee the scene and recover.

5. Plan a Christmas dawn activity.

In the throngs of gift-wrap thrashing, laughing and emotion, kids with a typically predictable routine can become stressed out by the absence of normal. whether your toddler is particularly sensitive to big events, manufacture certain you have a small, soothing activity planned — like watercolor Christmas trees or lacing boards of holiday characters — to keep your little one anchored.

6. Space out opening gifts all through the dawn.
You’ll probably feel huge pressure for your kid to open every gift, reply with enthusiasm and next give a huge, grateful “thank you” to the recipient. It just won’t happen whether you rush through the gift opening. Some moms, like Mae at What To Expect, prefer to open one gift every other day for the week leading up to Christmas–a godsend when winter storms hit and the family is stuck indoors. Bare in mind that your preschooler will enjoy his offerings much more whether he has duration in amoung opening to play with the goodies.

7. Construct all disassembled toys the night before.
Most parents learn that the hard way after their first Christmas with kids. Kids don’t want to open up a box, particularly the preschool crowd. They will either get frustrated while you sweat by a screwdriver and directions written in Mandarin or lose complete interest. Skip the $5.99 for wrapping paper and tie a simple bow on your ready-to-play toys. Start putting them together now so you aren’t up past midnight, bleary eyed with a wrench, on Christmas Eve.

8. Don’t barrage your kids with posed pictures.
Get candid with these brilliant tips from Photography Blog! A surefire way to send your toddler into defiance is demanding he smile in a picture with his hand-knitted sweater. Even though Aunt Jean may get a little ticked off that she can’t see Junior with her woven creation Christmas dawn, it’s not worth the struggle. Opt instead for unposed, spontaneous smiles.

Ashley Grimaldo comes from a lengthy line of penny pinchers and enjoys blogging on money-saving tips and advice for frugal-minded parents. She lives with her husband and three children in Bryan, Texas. Ashley has been featured among such media outlets as Redbook, The Chicago Tribune, duration.com, and CBS News-Houston.

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