Today starts the countdown to Thanksgiving! Each day I am going to post a tip so that everyone survives the experience.
Pass the baby: everyone is so excited to meet your little one or to see them again. Remember that lots of people, lots of talking and lots of passing around stress out your baby (Mama too!) Babies tend to do one of two things. They either 'sleep' or cry. If everyone is talking about 'what a good baby you have' it may be because your baby is using sleep as a defense. Your baby will probably sleep until you are home and then cry for hours. This is their way of de-stressing.Hard for both parents and baby. Try to keep your baby with you or your partner. Baby wearing is your greatest ally. Having your baby in the carrier cuts down the noise and other external stimulation that can cause stress. It also reassures your baby that they are safe and their needs will be met as they need not as Grandma or Aunt Betty thinks is appropriate.
If your baby is the one that handles stress by crying you might want to keep your visit short (just to dinner or just dessert). Minimize the stress for you and your child. Again baby wearing will help to minimize the possibilities of a meltdown. Crying babies also bring out the worst in relatives. Everyone will be telling you how to 'fix' your baby or what you are doing wrong as a parent. YOU are this child's parent and YOU know what's best for your child.
Remember that I am available for angry texts or phone calls on Thanksgiving. Venting can be helpful.