It’s that time of the year again! The hustle and bustle of the holidays can quickly turn your little one into a grinch if they aren’t getting enough rest. Even if you have a baby or toddler who has a great sleep routine; multiple family dinners, traveling plans and strange surroundings can quickly throw your child’s schedule off course.
Toddlers enjoy routines, they love knowing what comes next. How many times has your little one asked you “What’s next?!”. Not only are they excited for each step; routines can create a calmness and a sense of safety. A great night’s sleep is crucial to your kids’ well-being, as well as ours!
Here are some tips that can help create a silent night:
Holiday Sleep tip #1: Start well rested!
Well rested little ones (and parents) can deal with changes in their schedule, routine, and surroundings. Stretch before bed. Get everyone to sleep early. You’ll be surprised how much it helps. If you are traveling to a different time zone, start introducing that schedule a week in advance if possible.
Holiday Sleep tip #2: Bring it with you.
Overnight stays are hard. You don’t have your comfy bed, the room feels different, sounds are everywhere. Bring touches of “home” with you. Bring your littles one’s pillow and blanket. The smell of home is sometimes enough to invite an amazing night sleep. You can also bring Freddy the Frog, or whatever the name of their favorite stuffed animal!
Also, a white noise machine or a white noise playlist can help drown out all those new noises that keep your kids’ curiosity wide awake!
Holiday Sleep tip #3: Just say NO!
Auntie Em means well, she doesn’t see little Timmy much and wants to spoil him when she can. But too much sugar can wreak havoc on your toddler’s tummy and their schedule. I don’t know about you, but my little one enters hyper mode if she looks at too much sugar. So, parents, you just have to say NO. Auntie Em will understand! Bring some delicious healthy snacks with you. Apples and fruit cups travel well. You can always add a fun touch by creating a festive little snack that will make everyone want to drop the cookies!
Holiday Sleep tip #4: Stay consistent (as much as possible)
Sleep should be as consistent as food. You wouldn’t skip a meal to be at Grandma’s house on time, so don’t skip the nap. If you give your little a warm bath and follow up with a book and snuggles before bedtime, bring the book, towel and bath time products with you.
If you have an older child that reads or journals before bedtime, give them a quiet space to continue that routine.