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Posted on 11/28/2017

3 Tips for Christmas Tree Decorating With a Curious Baby

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It’s tradition for my family to decorate the tree together just after Thanksgiving. I normally bring out a bin of ornaments we’ve used over the years as well as a few sentimental ones we’ve picked up since being married and having kids. But this year is a little different — we have a super inquisitive crawling baby — so we’re using a few new tips for a safe family Christmas tree.


1. Try a Different Christmas Tree

We opted for an artificial tree this year to save from the fallen pine mess and possible hazard. I’m a huge fan of real trees and miss the smell, but this 9-foot pre-lit tree of ours has made baby’s first Christmas so much safer by making it easier to keep the area clean. There are even Upside Down Christmas Trees, that could work. Have you seen these? SO cool. This trendy tree style dates back to medieval Europe and is perfect for homes with curious tots and pets. Wayfair offers a bunch, too, check out all the different styles!

placing Christmas ornaments on the tree

2. Keep the Tree Simple

Since we have a pre-lit tree there wasn’t really much we needed to add to it when decorating so we kept our usual breakable ornaments in the Christmas decoration bin and just added a few new ones. Look for shatter-resistant ornaments or skip ornaments altogether the first year. If you do add them, be sure to leave the area within baby’s reach free of ornaments. Pictures of babies holding ornaments are cute (see below), but it’s a real danger if one drops near baby, or they find one and start chomping on it. Another way to keep it simple? Don’t worry about covering the tree with ornaments! Ours is near a wall this year so I was able to put a minimal amount around the front and sides then leave the back bare.

R with ornament

3. Include Your Little One

Be sure to include your little one in the decorating process so that they understand the ornaments go on the tree and talk to them a little bit about why they go there. Depending on their age it might not all sink in, but they’re listening. S helped me decorate and I held the baby while putting up ornaments this year.

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3 Tips for Christmas Tree Decorating with a Curious Baby

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  • Reply Karrie 12/05/2017 at 1:31 pm

    I really like the 9′ Silver Upside Down Christmas Tree with 1000 Warm White LED Lights and Stand

  • Reply Brooks 12/04/2017 at 1:14 pm

    I think I like the silver one with soft white lights. A prelit tree is a must! Byt this year we’re skipping the tree cuz of our crazy, curious crawler (and four cats!!) Love that photo of baby by the tree though, SO cute!

  • Reply Kimmy Ripley 12/04/2017 at 5:32 am

    5.5′ Silver Upside Down Christmas Tree with 250 LED Clear Dura-Lit Lights with Stand
    Would be absolutely amazing to have downstairs in the finished basement of our first house we bought last year. I want a tree down there so bad. I am head over heels in love with this upside down tree! Sooooo neat!

  • Reply Sharon 12/03/2017 at 2:35 pm

    My favorite is the American Upside Down 6′ Green Artificial Christmas Tree with 600 LED. Neat idea!

  • Reply Alissa Cheong 12/03/2017 at 8:13 am

    I like the 7.5′ unit green spruce tree because it has a more full, natural shape, and you can choose exactly how you want to decorate it with lights! I’ve never seen these before, they’re pretty cool. Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Karen bellomy 12/03/2017 at 2:32 am

    Love the 7.5 foot tree and this article was lovely thanks for sharing

  • Reply Lynda @mommypowers 12/02/2017 at 3:04 pm

    Pre-lit Palm Tree 7.5 ft!

  • Reply Kayley 12/02/2017 at 10:34 am

    I like the 4′ Grand Teton Artificial Christmas Teardrop Swag with LED Warm Clear Lights! Perfect for my small apartment.

  • Reply Jamie 12/01/2017 at 1:40 pm

    It’s always so fun to share family time with decorating! I like the corner one – saves a lot of space. 🙂

  • Reply Meg S 12/01/2017 at 1:14 pm

    These are crazy! Love the Pre-Lit Palm Tree 7.5′ Green Upside Down Floor Artificial Christmas Tree with 600 Clear & White Lights with Stand 🙂

  • Reply Tim 12/01/2017 at 11:41 am

    I really like the look of the silver tree they have. I have always wanted a white tree, but always settle for green.

  • Reply Heather 11/30/2017 at 5:13 pm

    I’m going with the non-traditional champagne/gold upside down tree! I’m thinking Black & silver glitter ornaments and garland 🙂


  • Reply Paulam 11/30/2017 at 3:12 am

    The 6’ white one by vickerman looks interesting. I am not sure yet about a green upside down tree.
    Love the pictures in the post

  • Reply manda shank 11/29/2017 at 8:01 pm

    I like the Grand Teton tree

  • Reply Maria Resnik 11/29/2017 at 7:25 pm

    The 7.5 ft crystal white!! No need for lights or tinsel!!

  • Reply Latanya 11/29/2017 at 6:07 pm

    Colorful Upside Down 5.5′ Green Artificial Christmas Tree

  • Reply Bernadette dee 11/29/2017 at 5:46 pm

    The flocked tree because I think they look lovely but wouldn’t want that sprayed all over a real tree : https://www.wayfair.com/holiday-decor/pdp/vickerman-75-flocked-upside-down-artificial-christmas-tree-with-clear-light-vco8822.html

  • Reply Amy McGill 11/29/2017 at 4:41 pm

    I like the 7.5′ upside down artificial Christmas tree with clear lights by The Holiday Aisle.

    And I love the pics of you and the kids! 🙂

    • Reply Shari Wargo Stamps 11/30/2017 at 11:51 am

      Nice choice! Thank you, it’s getting harder to have S in photos because she’s a mini teenager, but I’m happy when I can get them haha.

  • Reply ashley peavey 11/29/2017 at 1:05 pm

    Love it! Such cute photos too!

  • Reply Maria Brittis 11/29/2017 at 11:52 am

    What a cutie with that Santa hat, Love your pre-lit tree and the shatterproof ornaments I agree is the way to go.

  • Reply Britney Kaufman 11/28/2017 at 9:40 pm

    Literally, the upside tree is awesome. I wish I would have known before putting ours up. We have a crazy cat, a pit bull, another dog and a baby… It’s currently surrounded and blocked by chairs, dog food container, and dining table.

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