Between holiday travel, family gatherings and excitement over the impending arrival of St. Nick, kids' sleep schedules can get a little wacky during this time of year.
To help, children's sleep accessory manufacturer, Cloud b, teamed with sleep expert Kim West to come up with these easy tips for making sure kids stay well rested:
- Keep to your child’s regular bedtime as much as possible. A later night here and there isn’t as problematic as multiple late nights especially if combined with skipped naps.
- Be flexible with a nap schedule. If traveling in a car for a few hours, it may be easier on everyone if your little one sleeps right through the trip.
- Try to get back to your hotel (or relatives’ home) to have an early bedtime. Remember, a well-rested child is better behaved and more adaptable to all the changes and new people they will meet while away.
- It’s always best for baby to sleep in one place while you’re away. Choose the home of one set of grandparents/relatives as a “base camp” and arrange to have relatives come there to visit your little one. You can carefully explain to all concerned why your baby needs this, and to avoid bruised feelings, let all concerned know that the other grandparents/relatives would be the “base” for the next visit.
- When traveling with your child, bring comfort items. Always pack a night-light, and since there’s no such thing as traveling lightly with a small child, go ahead and take along favorite books and toys.