I IS FOR introducing Santa Claus
Do clowns give you the heebiejeebies? Your baby might feel the same about Santa. All that fake facial hair means she can’t see whether he’s happy or sad, which makes her initial reaction one of distrust. But reassure her that the man in red is a good egg, and she’ll be smitten: Explain who Santa is, where he lives and what his job is. The more normal you make it, the more reassuring she’ll find it. Give her a good reason why Santa looks like he does: “His suit is red because that helps the reindeers find him in all the snow at the North Pole.” When you encounter Santa, keep your child in your arms or hold her hand, and don’t push her to interact with him more than she wants to.