The time is here for holiday shopping, and if you've got a baby or toddler, that photo with the department store Santa. But, maybe you're trying to avoid a repeat of a previous year, when that photo was ruined by crying, screaming, tantrums, squirming or much worse.
The experts at About.com offer this advice:
- Don't go see Santa anywhere near nap time.
- Feed your child right before you go see Santa.
- Pick a time when there is not a long line.
- If the child has not seen Santa before, make sure you take the child to see Santa and be introduced two or three times before photo day.
AssociatedContent.com has some additional advice:
- Wait time is crucial. Try to take your baby while the older kids are still in school.
- Change your baby's diaper right before going to see Santa.
- Bring a small toy to keep your child occupied in line.
- Make sure you know what the cost of this is. Many stores will let children sit on Santa's lap for free, photos are extra. But if the parents take a picture, themselves, the store may charge a "sitting" fee.
If it all works out, you could have a photo that's sure to bring "Awws" from the grandparents, and will grace Christmas cards and fireplace mantels. Remember, if it's a disaster, there's always next year.