Here are some easy ways to welcome house guests with children and babies this holiday season. This is a sponsored post, thank you for supporting Hello Splendid.
With the holidays quickly approaching and so many of us preparing to host family and friends I thought I’d share a few helpful tips to welcome house guests with small children and make time together more enjoyable and easy going.
Cords and Corners are the Enemy
Oh yes, they are. It’s definitely not your responsibility to childproof your home for anyone else’s child, but it doesn’t hurt to be aware of any major items that are in common areas. If you’re having overnight or long term guests with toddlers and have tables with sharp corners in your living or dining areas, odds are their parents will spend most of the time covering corners with their hands instead of enjoying conversation with you.
A simple package of corner cushions won’t add to the aesthetics of your home but will keep all of you from holding your breath every time a child comes charging towards the table. Which will be often…
Taking a few minutes to hide electrical cords behind nearby pieces of furniture and move cell phone charging cords out of reach will mean one less thing for everyone to worry about and potentially prevent a device you rely on from going crashing to the ground.
A Bucket of Safe Distractions
Whether you have kids or not, you definitely have “toys” in your home that are pretty safe and fun for a small child to play with. If you have your own children well then you’re probably busting at the seams with play things you should have cleared out years ago. If your home is fairly toy free then a little creativity goes a long way.
Plastic or silicone measuring cups and spoons are great. Plastic cups, tennis balls and basting brushes are a wonderland for toddlers. Our one year old, Blake loves nothing more than pushing around a Swiffer with the middle section removed so it’s shorter. A metal mixing bowl turned upside down is an instant unbreakable drum. See, you’ve got toys galore! If you want to spoil your little guests I have some gift suggestions here.
White Noise is Golden
There is nothing worse than waking up a baby who wasn’t quite ready to get up on their own. White noise is the easiest way to ensure that ringing doorbells, barking dogs or loud conversation doesn’t get in the way of a small child falling asleep or staying asleep. Offering up a little white noise to guests with children will almost always be greeted with a look of relief and a big thank you.
The simplest thing to use is a small fan pointed away from where the child will sleep. Seven years into this parenting adventure I’ve discovered that these air purifiers are my favorite white noise makers. They filter the air while providing the perfect white noise and are even great for adults who are light sleepers. We have them in every bedroom in our home.
Coffee and Toothbrushes For All
It’s amazing how while worrying about packing every last gift or piece of baby gear it’s so easy to skip some important basics, like a toothbrush, especially since toiletries are often used just before running out the door. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve arrived at our destination with every baby essential, my husband’s favorite pillow, anything I could require to work from afar and no toothbrush for myself. Mom life!
I love to hit up the travel size toiletry section at Target before guests arrive and make sure we have some spare basics on hand. Mini sticks of deodorant, small bottles of mouthwash and these travel toothbrush and toothpaste kits are always at the top of my list. They cost about $1 each and are SO worth it.
Not everyone drinks coffee but most parents getting by on just a few hours of sleep do. One note I’ve taken from my mother in law is having coffee accessible to those waking up early. Whenever we stay at her home she either has a coffee pot set up for me to go in the morning or a single cup coffee maker with a variety of coffee options to choose from.
It’s so nice to be able to brew my way to consciousness while chasing a baby and waiting for the rest of the house to rise without having to bother anyone else or poke around in her cabinets. Our coffee pot has a programmable timer and goes off at 5:30 am these days. If only it could program our son Blake to go off at 6:30 am… I would pay a LOT extra for that feature.
Diapers Save the Day
Leaving home without diapers happens to the best of us. Especially when traveling during the holidays or running from party to party. Oh the horror of being elbow deep in your handbag feeling around for the diapers, wipes and diaper rash ointment only to realize they’re JUST. NOT. THERE. If you’re hosting a big party and expect a few guests with babies you can offer up these sweet little diapering kits that any parent caught in a diapering bind will be so grateful for. They’re great for baby showers, birthday parties and other events too!
Dr. Smith’s has become a lifesaver in our home and part of our everyday routine with Blake to prevent diaper rash. To make these I simply used a package of travel baby wipes, a couple of diapers and a small tube of Dr. Smith’s trusty diaper rash ointment. I wrapped them all together with some colored twine and tied a loose bow that can easily be undone with one hand to finish them off.
Dr. Smith’s products are now available at Target, Babies ‘R Us, Buy Buy Baby and the always convenient at 3am Amazon.com. I love that I can understand the short ingredient list and have peace of mind knowing that cute little booty I chase around all day is protected from the misery of diaper rash.
I hope you found these five easy ways to welcome house guests with children helpful and wish you and your family the happiest of holidays! If you’d like to save this post to reference some of the ideas later you can by pinning the image below.