One of the challenges with the holiday season is that holiday gatherings with family and friends often go well beyond your little one’s bedtime. Even if you don’t stay out late, time zone differences and travel time often cut into bedtime. Not to mention the fact that grandparents, aunts and uncles don’t want to say goodbye or goodnight to their beloved younger family members—even if only for a daytime nap. While you may not be able to stick to your usual schedule every day during the holiday season, the tips below will help your little one get the sleep they require to be on their best behavior.
Confirm A Dedicated Sleep Area Before You Arrive
Whether traveling to visit your loved ones by car or plane, make sure you confirm where your infant or toddler can take their naps or head to bed once you arrive at your destination. Even if your little one has to go to bed before you leave the party, identify a quiet and comfortable area in which they can rest. If space is limited, you can bring a portable crib or playpen with you—just make sure they have slept in it a few times prior to the holidays so that it is familiar. Don’t forget the baby monitor so that you can stay up with the adults, but still keep a close eye.
Bring Nap And Bedtime Comforts With You
While some infants and toddlers can sleep just about anywhere, others have difficulty sleeping in new environments. To help make nap and bedtime easier, bring some bedtime comforts from home with you. This includes everything from their favorite blankey and stuffed animal, to their favorite bedtime music and books—even their favorite pjs.
Set A Sleep Reminder
Once the festivities of the holidays get into full swing, you may simply forget that it is naptime or bedtime—especially if you are traveling to a different time zone. So that you don’t get too far off schedule, set a nap and a bedtime reminder on your cell phone. Maybe even set the reminder a bit early, so that everyone has time to say their goodnights.
Aside from the tips above, keep a close eye on the sweet treats your little ones enjoy in the hours before bedtime. This can get a bit tricky, because candy and sweet treats will be plentiful. While a little more sugar than usual is expected, limit the pre-bedtime sugar intake, as it acts as a stimulant.
If you need help getting your child’s sleep back on track after all the holiday fun, contact Erin Anderson, The Sleepytime Teacher to schedule your free 15 minute phone consultation!
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