Whether you’re having a night in or heading out, get organised and enjoy seeing in 2014 with your brood
Pre-baby, New Year’s Eve was all about going to bed at 3am after a night of bubbly, dancing and squeezing into that sequin dress you won’t wear again until next year.
Yes, things need to be a bit different now, but that doesn’t mean fun is off the cards. Chances are celebrating with your child will beat most of your past festivities hands down (and result in less of a hangover).
It’s just about thinking ahead a little, so let the countdown begin.
Make a plan
If you’re going to a friend’s house for the night, make a list of everything your child will need – think a Moses basket if she’s little, plus toys and snacks in case she’s not feeling those 'yucky' blinis.
Find out whether there’s somewhere your baby can sleep in the house that won’t be disturbed throughout the evening – because, let’s face it, she’s not going to make it to midnight.
Book taxis ahead of time as usual, or agree designated driver duties. Hello, orange juice.
Embrace a night in
Duvet. Sofa. Films. Food. Champers. Let’s hear it for the New Year night in. Your baby’s settled and you can enjoy a chilled evening together with no panicking about getting to that party on time or being super organised.
Absolute bliss, especially when you’re shattered. Heck, who can blame you both for falling asleep by 10pm?
Have a pre-celebration
If you know your kids will be out for the count before the clock strikes, make the most of the daytime. Play games, cook up a roast and even recreate an early countdown to get them in the spirit.
Make some special NY decorations for the house
Have an arts and crafts session in the afternoon to make some special NY decorations for the house, too – fold paper to cut a chain of stars, then paint or cover with glitter and write a letter of your child’s name on each star. You can dig out what she’s made every year to start a new family tradition.
Stay firework friendly
Going out to watch a display? Wrap up warm, and have an early exit plan and route in mind in case your child wants to leave.
Try some earmuffs, so she’s not scared by the noise or even watch from your car so the sound’s muffled but she can still enjoy the colours and lights.
What are your tips for celebrating with your baby? Let us know on the comments board below.