Babies and biology have a funny way of not caring about any of your plans when it comes to anticipated due dates. Most plans can be changed, but what do you do if you're having a baby on Christmas and you already have another kid? You may have a few extra considerations to make prior to your new baby's debut. With some preparation, being in the hospital doesn't have to stop you and the soon-to-be big brother or sister from still having a wonderful holiday.
You'll want to plan the basics as soon as you can, like securing a caregiver for your older child for the time you'll spend in the hospital and providing them with logistical information like emergency contacts, school information, and so on. Once these standard arrangements are made, you can start to focus more on Christmas day.
Since this isn't your first rodeo, you probably know that no matter how much planning you do, chances are good that it will all go out the window as soon as you feel that first contraction. Even so, it's better to plan for the worst (worst being not home with your older child on Christmas morning) and hope for the best. So, in case you do end up in labor, delivery, or recovery on Christmas, here are five small things you can plan or do to help ensure your older child will still enjoy the holiday.