Travelling with little ones can be difficult, even so during the holidays. It’s hard to keep up the sleep routine so Daddy Nickell is here to offer some tips to avoid sleep issues during the holidays.
- Make Sure Your Kids Get Enough Sleep.
The holidays can be very exhausting and overstimulating for many kids. Although it’s hard to keep to regular bedtimes and naptimes, try and make sure your little ones get enough sleep to help them cope with the holiday festivities.
- If You Travel, Try and Stay In One Place.
If you must travel for the holidays, try and sleep in one place the entirety of the trip. This provides your child with consistency away from home. Also, bring along a special lovey, blanket, pillow, night light and lullaby cd to recreate the “homey” atmosphere.
- Create a Good Sleep Spot for Your Child.
You may want to consider bringing along a travel sleeper or travel cot for your child. Most hotels also provide them. The more comfortable the bed, the better your child will sleep.
- Changing Time Zones.
If you’re traveling over time zones, try and get on the new time zone as soon as possible. So if your child wakes at 7am CST, have them wake at 7am EST as well. This helps you get into schedule as soon as possible.
- Get Back Into Schedule As Soon As You Get Home.
While you’re away or even if you stay home for the holidays, let go a little and relax during your holiday break. There will be time following the holidays to get your tots back into schedule.
Robert Nickell, aka Daddy Nickell, father of 6, offers his “5 cents” worth of advice to expectant and new parents. Daddy Nickell is the founder of Daddyscrubs.com, delivery room duds and daddy gear for dads, and the Daddyscrubs.com blog where he covers topics about parenting and the latest baby and kids gear, all from a Dad’s perspective.