This is a sponsored post, however all opinions are my own.
The holiday season is fast approaching! Thanksgiving is next week and it is one of the most traveled holidays in the U.S. If you’re traveling this year with your baby or toddler, then keep reading for baby sleep tips for holiday travel.
Traveling with your baby or toddler may pose some challenges of its own. However, there’s no reason you have to compensate with your child’s precious sleep routine. After all, you’ve worked so hard to get to that point!
I remember when I was trying to get Zach into a proper sleep routine a few years ago.
It was so difficult for me to schedule his naps and bedtime routine. He would refuse a short morning or afternoon nap and would sleep for hours during the late afternoon instead. This caused huge challenges during his bedtime and a lot of waking in the middle of the night.
It took several months to correct this behavior, but I’m glad I did.
I know I’m not the only mom who struggled with bedtime routines for their little one. The Baby Sleep Site® is the world’s leading resource for exhausted parents of sleepless babies and toddlers alike. They offer an amazing variety of free and paid sleep coaching help for parents.
If you’re traveling with your baby or toddler this year, then I highly suggest that you start on their bedtime and sleep routines before you travel. Work on their sleep routines now so that you can enjoy yourself later.
5 Baby Sleep Tips for Holiday Travel
1. Make a Routine. You can’t work on a bedtime/nap time routine for the holidays if you don’t already have one. Before you travel, make sure you have an established bedtime and nap routine. Make sure your little one is going to bed or napping at the same time each day. This will make it easier for your little one to know when to expect a nap, even if they’re not at home.
2. Be Prepared. Wherever you are traveling this season, be sure you know exactly where your little one will be sleeping. There are several travel cribs, travel beds, portable beds, and even co-sleepers available to make that easier. If you’re not co-sleeping, then be sure to know your options beforehand. This will make it less stressful for the both of you later.
3. Utilize the Car Ride. If you’re traveling by car, try to schedule your departure or return around your little one’s sleep schedule. If your little one sleeps during a car ride, then keep in mind their nap/bedtime to plan when exactly you want to leave for your trip. If your little ones does not sleep during a car ride, then remember that they will probably need a nap as soon as they get to the destination.
4. Make it Comfortable. Traveling is tiring and your little one is going to be exhausted. Make the trip comfortable for them by bringing a new baby blanket or even baby pillow for more comfort. This will help your baby feel more calm while in an unfamiliar place. I used to bring Zach a new stuffed animal when we would travel and he would love it.
5. Be Consistent. It is important to try to be as consistent as possible. This will help you and your little one be well-rested for the day’s festivities. It will also help reduce stress and crankiness so you can actually enjoy your holiday celebrations. Try to stick to your routine while you’re away from home and get back into it as soon as you get back.
The Baby Sleep Site®
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