1. How Will You Celebrate?
Decide early on if and how you’ll celebrate this holiday that, sadly, many people no longer acknowledge. If you grew up in a Christian family, you probably remember Easter Sunday sunrise service, big family dinners and an exciting day that culminated in an egg hunt for the kids, complete with prizes. But according to a 2010 study by the Barna Group, only two-thirds of Americans still celebrate Easter as a religious holiday. If you’re one who’s hovering on the fence, make your stand before baby’s first Easter.
2. How Many Egg Hunts Are Too Many?
As mom to a new baby, prepare yourself — the egg hunts are coming, and every grandparent, aunt and church congregation is going to invite your toddler to partake. Know when to say when to the egg hunts, or your tot might spend the entire month of April on a sugar high.
3. Are You Setting the Bar Too High?
What’s in your Easter basket? Toys? Candy? Do yourself a favor and tread lightly. Buying bicycles, trampolines and jungle gyms makes Easter too much like Christmas. Eventually, you’ll grow to regret the pressure you’ve created around this spring holiday that was never meant to be all about the gifts.
4. Are You Getting the Meaning Across?
If Easter does mean more to you than pretty baskets full of treats, make sure you’re getting the message across to your child. It’s fine to celebrate by dying eggs and filling baskets, but if Easter sunrise service is important to you, share that tradition with your tiniest of tots.
5. Did You Set a Limit on the Baskets?
Those kids lucky enough to be blessed with two sets of grandparents, aunts, uncles, and Mom and Dad’s generous friends, tend to clean up at Easter. It’s nice that others want to treat your child, but you might want to think about limiting baskets to include ones made only by grandparents. No little boy or girl needs the pressure of eating his way through seven different baskets full of candy.
6. Are You Ready for Pictures?
Easter dress, matching hair accessory, adorable baby leg warmers — all are harbingers of baby’s first Easter. Don’t forget to book your Easter portrait session. At the very least, get those batteries charged up so you can take oodles of pics of baby posing in front of those tulips at home.
7. Did You Spend Equal Time?
Grandparents are such an important part of your child’s life. If she’s lucky enough to still have hers, make sure she gets to spend time with each side of the family on this most important first holiday.
Those first holidays as a mom can be a tad stressful, but not so much if you come prepared.