Thanksgiving is a unique opportunity for a family to gather and give thanks for the many blessings we enjoy as Americans. While families with new babies may be immensely thankful for their little one, traveling to celebrate the holiday can be a severe challenge. However, it doesn’t have to be an impossible task. So how do you make baby’s first Thanksgiving memorable without all the stress? Read on for some of our tips to make the most of baby’s first Thanksgiving.

Long Trips

Keep in mind that long durations in a car or on a plane can be really tough on young babies. Many little ones do not handle traveling well, and because of the nature of newborn schedules, you need to be prepared to stop frequently for breaks. If you are going by car for your baby’s first Thanksgiving, these breaks may be for diaper changes, feeding, or any other care needs. If you are changing time zones, it may be best to try to keep your child on the schedule of the time zone you are coming from to avoid sleep confusion issues.

Dinner with Friends

If you aren’t quite sure you will be able to make the trip for whatever reason, have no fear your baby’s first Thanksgiving is not ruined. One of the best ways to enjoy Thanksgiving festivities with little to no travel is to spend it with friends. Many friends are willing to help when you have a new baby and would be happy to host you and your family, so you don’t have to worry about cooking dinner. Additionally, you can make use of their assistance in caring for your child to allow you to have a nice meal and a relaxing evening.


Should you chose to host dinner for your baby’s first Thanksgiving, you should know that it can be challenging to pull off, but it is not impossible. One excellent way to remove some of the burdens from you is to set it up to be a potluck style meal. The potluck format allows you to focus on cooking one or two main dishes and everyone else takes care of the other food items required. Another excellent idea is to hire help to care for your little one. Hush Hush Little Baby is proud to support new parents through newborn care and parental education. We are excited to assist you on your big day.