tips for babies and holiday sleep routines

Tips For Babies And Holiday Sleep Routines

Yep. It’s coming up to that time of year where all semblance of a sleep routine threatens to turn itself on its head. There’s noise, travel, late nights, get togethers. All the things that seemingly work against your baby getting the sleep they need. So, I’ve put together a few tips for babies and holiday sleep routines. Hopefully they will help you come out of the holiday season relatively unscathed. I’ll be thinking of you all as I’m making sure my own little ones get enough deep, sweet sleep over these coming weeks.

Better sleep at home = better sleep on holiday

Yes, yes, yes! I can’t get behind this enough. The more your child is equipped to settling at home, the easier it will be to help keep them on track when you’re out and about. There are so many techniques to gently help your little one into a sleep routine that works. The sooner you get them sorted at home, the sooner they’ll be happy to nap in the stroller or sleep through the night at grandmas.

Remember to pack the sleep essentials

Whenever you leave the house for an extended period of time, anything you use to help get your little one to sleep should come with you. It might be a lovey, a pacifier or a muslin cloth to use as a light, breathable stroller cover. If it’s something your little one likes to have with them at bedtime, chances are they’ll be less likely to go to sleep without it.

Gentle reassurance is key

Your little one will feel out of place in a new environment. They may feel slightly anxious or even frightened if they’re left unattended when bedtime rolls around. Try to be with them and allow them to hold your finger. You might need to softly speak to them to let them know everything is alright. This should help lull them to sleep. It may take you away from holiday fun for a little while, but your baby needs to know that you’re there for them.

As always, sleep sweetly and deeply and I hope the holidays treat you well! x

Read about bedtime tips for parents with more than one child.

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