Holiday travel will break up the normal, consistent schedule your child is used to. Try to keep a regular routine, and provide opportunities to nap during their set schedule. Bedtimes will be especially important. Travel and fun with friends and family can be exhausting! Make sure to keep your eye on the clock and get your little one in bed on time.
Try to have your child sleep in the same place for naps and bedtime. Having a “base camp” for your child will help to create continuity and familiarity. If you have to share a room or bed with your child, remind them of the normal sleep rules. Let them know that this arrangement is just because you are “at Grandma’s house” and regular sleep rules will apply when you return home.
There is no such thing as traveling light with a child. You might as well bring everything you need for a good night sleep. Make sure to pack your child’s lovey, white noise machine and nightlight. Bring a familiar sheet and blanket from home and set up the room to be as comfortable and familiar as possible.
Enjoy your holiday celebrations with family and friends!
- The better a child sleeps at home, the better the odds that he will sleep well when you travel. Good sleepers are more likely to return to established sleep patterns once the vacation is over.
- Expect some sleep regression. Try not to fall back into old habits or use old sleep crutches that have been eliminated. For example, if you recently stopped nursing during the night, don’t start again while traveling.
- Schedule flights during typical sleep time. If it’s a redeye flight, have your child wear their pajamas. Bring an extra blanket to help block out unwanted light during their airplane slumber.
- Exposure to sunlight, especially in the morning, helps the body adjust to a new time zone.