I am a new mom and my husband and I are planning to go on vacation with our 7-month-old baby in a few weeks. I'm a bit nervous about managing my baby's sleep schedule during our travels. Our baby is used to a strict routine at home and I'm worried about disrupting his sleep patterns. Does anyone have any tips or advice for managing a baby's sleep schedule during vacations or times of travel? Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Thank you.
I am a dad of a 2-year-old, and we travel frequently with him. Managing his sleep schedule can be challenging, but there are a few things that we do to make it manageable.
One of the main things that we do is to plan our itinerary around his sleep schedule. For example, we schedule the most active or outdoor activities when he is most awake and plan on keeping our evenings relatively quiet.
We also make sleep time as comfortable as possible. We bring his favourite pillow, night light, blanket and pajamas to help him feel more at home wherever we go.
Additionally, we try to establish a consistent pre-sleep routine to cue his body to prepare for sleep mode. This may be reading a book or singing a lullaby, whatever that best suits your child.
Sticking to our home bedtime routine as much as possible during travel is also important. This means avoiding screen time before bedtime, discouraging any engaging activity before bed and ensuring the sleep area is quiet and comfortable.
Finally, being flexible in your approach is important too. Kids are unpredictable, so rather than stressing about a different sleep environment, try to embrace change and let your child find comfort in the changes.
I hope this helps, happy travels with your little ones!