Nearly 15% of women in the United States experience postpartum depression after having a baby.

Transitioning and taking care of an infant comes with a lot of excitement, but also exhaustion and depression.

If you want to keep the negative thoughts away, you should take time to embrace your new family with a few activities.

Keep reading to discover some of the best ways to celebrate having your firstborn child so the excitement continues!

1. Take Family Photos

One of the best things you can do after having your firstborn child is to take family photos.

You can hire a professional photographer or get help from a skilled friend. Now is an excellent time for family photos since your little one isn’t on the move and spends most of their time sleeping. As your baby gains independence, it will become more challenging to take family photos.

First-time parents never regret prioritizing this activity. You’ll want as many pictures as you can get while your baby is still little. Depending on when your baby was born, you can find a fun theme for backgrounds and clothing.

Investing in newborn photography will lead to years of happiness. You and your family can look back on the sweet memories and compare growth to future children.

2. Plant a Tree or Garden

If you’re looking for a unique way to celebrate the birth of your firstborn, you should plant something.

Many cultures and families celebrate their children by planting a tree. This is a great way to help the environment and the best part is that your tree and child will be the same age! You can watch your child sprout just like the seeds you planted in your yard or garden.

Flower gardens can also be a fun activity, however, they will need to be maintained and some plants may need replacements. Trees are durable and will last a lifetime, your child will always have that tree to sit near and reflect.

If your baby’s name was inspired by nature, you can plant whatever tree correlates. For example, Willow has become a popular name for girls, you can plant a willow tree to celebrate their birth.

3. Craft Projects

Your baby’s hands and feet will quickly grow, if you want to preserve how little they are, you can do crafts!

Baby castings and clay mold imprints are fun ways to see their growth through the years. A fun idea that parents are trying is putting footprint stepping stones in gardens. As your baby grows each year, you’ll have an imprint that will display the changes and it will look like they are walking around the yard.

Holiday ornaments and paintings can also preserve the special moments of having your firstborn.

4. Take a Small Trip

Pregnancy can prevent couples from bonding and taking breaks.

Now that your little one has arrived, you can take a small trip as a family. Although this may seem too early, it’s a great time since the baby naps so frequently. Once your baby transitions to toddler years, traveling will become more challenging.

If you don’t want to go far, you can head out of town and act like a tourist in your state. You don’t have to drive far for a change of scenery and getting out of the house will feel nice. Make sure you’re careful though and don’t bring any germs into the house while your baby builds its immune system.

5. Start a Scrapbook

Having a first baby comes with all of the first times for everything.

Capturing each moment on your camera will be important, but a scrapbook can offer much more. Instead of throwing away your wristbands from the hospitals, use them in your child’s book! Although you and your partner will create the majority of the pages, your child can put their artistic spin on the book as they age.

This is a wonderful memento for your child since it will reflect some of the best memories and biggest challenges. The more creative you get with the scrapbook, the more engaging it will be for your child.

6. Find a New Family Recipe

There will be plenty of time to kill between each nap your infant takes.

If you and your significant other have been wanting to try a special recipe, now is the chance to get in the kitchen. As long as you’re feeling up to it, you can play around with ingredients. If your child was born around the holidays, look for cookie recipes you can make together each year!

Your baby can’t try a taste until they’re a bit older, but this gives you the chance to perfect the flavors. Stay away from honey, nuts, and dairy if you have yet to identify their allergies.

7. Write Something Special

Whether you’ve been inspired to write a children’s book or want to write your child letters for the future, this is a special activity.

When a child has something in your handwriting, it holds significant value. There will come a time when they miss you and wish you were by their side. Some parents write letters, postcards, and emails to their children, long before they can read them.

This is a great way to show how much you can. Another benefit of writing is that you can do something creative when you’re stuck on the couch breastfeeding.

Celebrate Your Firstborn From the Start

There is nothing more exciting than celebrating the life of your firstborn.

Pregnancy and labor are exhausting, but now that the little one is out, it’s time to do something special. There are plenty of activities that involve your new family, or you can have others participate in the celebration.

Don’t be afraid to get creative or write for your child, they will appreciate your efforts as they grow up.

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