Calming Tools For Christmas
Christmas can be an overwhelming time for many small humans! There are more lights, sounds, smells, people and they are often totally new. In 2020 things might be calmer at home but that doesn’t mean that it can’t still be overwhelming for your small ones.
Our small humans might seek even more comfort during the festive period. The unpredicatble changes of this period can lead to them needing more closeness, more downtime, more reasurrance that everything is still ok.
Slings can be a tool that make this period easier for everyone!
Getting Out at Christmas
There are lots of additional events and activities which happen during the Christmas period – Christmas markets, parties, family events and more. This year there will be less and they will be different but it’s worth bearing in mind that it can still be busy for a small one.
If you are headed to an event which can be busy a sling can make navigating it with children a lot easier. Your little one can see what is happening around them and they are safely keeping their distance as well!
If you’re headed somewhere that there might be lots of new people or its a new environment and you have a child who might get anxious a sling can be a great tool to help them stay calm or reassure them during the event.
Christmas Shopping with Children
If you need to take your children with you whilst you’re Christmas shopping a sling can be useful here too – although you might want a pushchair for stashing lots of bags!
Christmas shopping can be overwhelming for everyone, but for children there is a lot going on. It can be boring, sensory overload and a long litany of ‘no we can’t buy that today’.
Putting your little one in the sling might help combat some of those issues, and keep everyone calm long enough to get everything done!
Coping with Family at Christmas
No matter how good your relationship with your family is you might find that at times you need a short break from the festivities with them! Your children are no different. Even with quieter Christmases planned this year your little one might appreciate a break from the family.
There are lots of ways to give everyone a little bit of a break during a busy family event, but if you want or need to still be present then putting your little one in the sling can give them a little bit of calm away from the hubbub! Especially if the carrier is their normal safe space then coming up can be a relief for overwhelmed little ones!
If you have family who are less welcoming of the way you parent then a sling can be a useful barrier to unwelcome contact or words – if little one is in the carrier then people are (usually) less likely to touch or enforce hugs and kisses!
Even if you are keeping your Christmas low key, the changes in the home can be overwhelming and exciting for small humans!
Lights, a tree, gifts, wrapping paper, different smells, different food, the change in their homes with trees and lights – these differences can be a shock to a little one just getting used to how the world around them works.
If your little one is finding all the changes overwhelming then anything calming might be useful and you might find that they are fussier than normal or asking for their calming tools more often – whether that’s for more snuggles in a sling or more teddies in bed or cuddles with you! Slings can be a great way to offer this comfort, reassurance and security to everyone.