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Christmas time baby bucket list

Baby's First Christmas! A great bucket list on everything to get done on this special year!

Bucket List: Baby's first Christmas. FREE PRINTABLE! | gracefulmommy.com

There is something so cozy and warm about traditions. Growing up, my family always did certain things every year. As a kid, you rely on these traditions and you look forward to them each year. Traditions are comforting. Some of my best memories come from times when we did certain traditions. Each year, we went to this giant christmas tree farm to pick out our tree. We also always made christmas cookies (the same recipes). My Auntie Shar would read the same christmas book each year to my cousin Rachel and I while we sipped hot chocolate with marshmallows. Ah… memories!

As important it is to actually DO all the things, it’s equally important to capture these moments on video! I am such an advocate of videoing important family moments. I feel like this is the BEST WAY to capture those tiny personalities and hold them safe forever. My IPHONE VIDEO COURSE is the perfect way to learn how to take amazing videos with JUST your iPhone! Check it out, here! 

Gracie is already 5 months old and we’ve started doing some activities with her that we know will slowly become traditions that we do every year. This year, we took her to a pumpkin patch, went trick-or-treating, and watched the Macy’s Day Parade together. I want to make sure Gracie’s first Christmas is full of new and old traditions. Some of these activities are things that my parents did with me as a kid. Some of them are brand new – but I would love to start doing them each year.

This bucket list is full of fun ideas for Christmas time! We’re going to try to do all of them! I’m sure we won’t end up doing all of these things each year, but I know some of these activities will become traditions.

Download the FREE printable here.

FREE PRINTABLE Christmas Bucket list | gracefulmommy.com

Bucket List: Baby’s First Christmas

Drive around to look at Christmas Lights // This is so fun! We actually have this drive through light show near us that we want to take Gracie to! 

Take a photo with Santa // I can’t wait to see the look on Gracie’s face when she sees santa! Bringing the professional camera FOR SURE. 

Get new Christmas jammies on Christmas Eve // This is one of those traditions that we did growing up. We always got jammies to wear for christmas eve. Every year- even still!!! 

Decorate a gingerbread house // I never did this one growing up- but it’s something I want to start with Gracie! 

Decorate the tree // DUH! We gotta do this! I bet babies think Christmas lights are like the coolest thing ever. 

Go to Disney World to see the decorations + lights // Were actually going in 11 days! Stay tuned for lots of pics. 

Make an ornament // We are going to make a few this year since it’s Gracie’s first Christmas! 

Watch Christmas movies // This needs to happen all month. (Actually, I’ve sort of cheated and started watching Christmas movies like November 1st) 

Drink hot chocolate // Yum! Plus this always reminds me of my Auntie Shar. 

Send out Christmas Cards // Gotta get these done, ASAP! 

Play Christmas music // What is it about Christmas music that just instantly makes you happy? My current fav is Pentatonix christmas album. 

Read Christmas books // I actually have a whole box of Christmas books in the attic that my husband Dave needs to get down! 

Tell Gracie the true meaning of Christmas // All of the lights, presents, and decorations are nothing compared to the amazing story of the birth of Jesus. This is the time to celebrate our King’s birthday + to appreciate all He has done and will do. 

FREE PRINTABLE Christmas Bucket list | gracefulmommy.com

I know Gracie is only 5 months old…and can’t really do any of this (haha!!!). But, I want to start these traditions on her first Christmas, because I know it sets the stage for many years to come. Plus- these are things that I like to do each year anyways! Like I said… I am a fan of traditions.

Download the free printable here!

FREE PRINTABLE Christmas Bucket list | gracefulmommy.com

I am such an advocate of videoing important family moments. I feel like this is the BEST WAY to capture those tiny personalities and hold them safe forever. My IPHONE VIDEO COURSE is the perfect way to learn how to take amazing videos with JUST your iPhone! Check it out, here! 

Newborn Baby Shadowbox

DIY newborn baby shadowbox- Great tips! | gracefulmommy.com

DIY newborn baby shadow box- Great ideas! | gracefulmommy.com

Don’t keep baby’s newborn mementos in a box under the bed- display them in a beautiful shadowbox!

I always heard moms say how fast time flies with kids. I get it now. Time really does speed by! I can’t believe Gracie is almost five months old. I wanted to make a shadowbox that would hold all of the memories from Gracie’s birth so I can always remember that special day. When I was making this shadowbox, memories of her birth came rushing back to me! That’s why I love this project. I’m going to hang it in Gracie’s nursery so I can always have these memories to look at! It’s just so beautiful!

diy newborn baby shadow box - Great tips! | gracefulmommy.com

Materials You Need

Shadowbox- Mine opens from the front, but you can get any type.

Sewing pins- They are prettier than thumbtacks and they come in different colors.

Background Paper- Gracie’s new nursery theme will be white and gold so I wanted it to match. Burlap would also be cool! Pick something that is neutral or goes with the nursery. 

(Side note: I got all of my materials at Hobby Lobby. They have some really cute shadowboxes!)

Mementos from birth- See the list below for some good ideas! 

DIY newborn baby shadowbox- Great tips! | gracefulmommy.com

Baby Items I Included

Going home outfit

Baby’s hospital bracelet

Photo from hospital

Newborn hat

Baby blanket


Footprints- I scanned Gracie’s footprints to reduce the size of them to fit!

Shower invitation

Ultrasound photo

DIY newborn baby shadowbox- Great tips! | gracefulmommy.com

DIY newborn baby shadowbox- Great tips! | gracefulmommy.com

Other Items to Include 



Birth Announcement

Hospital bassinet card

Newborn diaper

How To Layer Items

It was really tricky to fit everything I wanted inside the shadowbox. Make two piles of your baby mementos. One pile of things you must include and one pile of maybe items. Start with the big items first- like the going home outfit and the baby blanket. The shadowbox I got was not a very deep one, so it was tricky getting everything in. I cut the blanket into a square so it would fit. And it took a couple of tries to fold the newborn outfit just perfect to fit. Play around with it until you get it right. Start putting the items down and rearrange them until the shadowbox looks good. Once you like the way it looks, start pinning stuff down! Remember, you can always rearrange stuff!

DIY newborn baby shadowbox- Great tips! | gracefulmommy.com

I love this project because Gracie’s beautiful keepsakes from her birth are now beautifully displayed. And yes… I get a little teary eyed every time I look at it! *Special thanks to my mom-in-law (Grandma!) for her help with the project!*


What did you do with all of your newborn’s mementos?


Our Favorite Baby Toys: 0-4 months

Best Baby Toys: 0-4 month guide | Gracefulmommy.com

Best Baby Toys: 0-4 month guide | Gracefulmommy.com

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We have a lot of baby toys! It’s good to have lots of toys for Gracie to play with, but I find that we keep coming back to the same few. These toys are the best baby toys for Gracie because they make her laugh, smile, and coo the most. She is happiest when she has one of these six toys. I know her tastes may change as she gets older, but for that past four months- these have remained her faves!

1//Sophie the Giraffe

This teether toy is all over instagram and pinterest and is named #1 toy by lots of people! It really is awesome. Gracie is not really teething yet, but she still loves this giraffe. It’s just the right size for her to hold. She loves licking and biting at the different parts. And it makes a cute squeak that always makes her smile. It also comes with super cute picture books. Buy it here!

Best baby toys: 0-4 months | gracefulmommy.com

2//Spots and Dots book 

I want Gracie to be a lover of books. She likes looking at books, but they don’t really make her smile or laugh… until I bought this one. Oh my- this has quickly become one of her favorite toys. I make sure I always have it with me. There are no words in this book- which I find to be kind of weird.. but Gracie totally digs it! We end up making our own words up anyways. Each page has different patterns on it that totally intrigue her. I got mine on amazon. The five star ratings convinced me.

Best baby toys: 0-4 months | gracefulmommy.com

3//Chew Beads bracelet

We didn’t give this toy to Gracie until she was a little older. She loves chewing and licking it! It’s made out of a silicone rubber material, but doesn’t have any sort of weird rubber smell. Plus, it’s easy for Gracie to hold. She loves this! Grandma got her this at a children’s boutique, but you  can get it here.

Best baby toys: 0-4 months | gracefulmommy.com

4//Infantino link and jingle 

Gracie has loved this toy since she was born! It makes a great rattle noise that isn’t obnoxious. This is one of the first toys she smiled and laughed at. It’s a little big to bite on, but Gracie likes shaking it and looking at it. It’s also easy to clip on her stroller or carseat when she needs a little entertaining on the go. I think we got this as a gift, but it’s on amazon too!

Best baby toys: 0-4 months | gracefulmommy.com

5//Baby Einstein radio

This toy has amazing reviews on amazon, and now I know why! Gracie absolutely loves this. It plays really nice music that we have not gotten tired of yet. This radio can calm Gracie down in a second when she is starting to get a bit fussy. We bring it to her doctors appointments, the mall, and especially the car. One time, I played this radio for Gracie on a two hour car ride and it helped her from having a complete melt down. This toy rocks!

Best baby toys: 0-4 months | gracefulmommy.com

6//Infantino zebra 

This toy makes Gracie really laugh. She loves the nice jingle it makes. It almost sounds like a wind chime- and I actually really enjoy this toy as much as Gracie (haha!). We call it Zoey the Zebra- Auntie Kaity came up with the name. Zoey velcros, too, so we sometimes put it on Gracie’s carseat. I also love the black and white spots on the rattle. It reminds me of Gracie’s spots and dots book. Buy this toy here!

Best baby toys: 0-4 months | gracefulmommy.com
And sometimes, we just play with a couple toys at once! Notice how 3 of her favorites are in this picture! She’s so happy!

Best baby toys: 0-4 months | gracefulmommy.com

What are your baby’s favorite toys?