To ensure a successful trip, preparation is key. Before you travel, it is important to make sure that you have a well-established nap and bedtime routine. This will make it easier, when you are travelling, so that your baby or toddler will know what to expect, even though they are not at home.
Your holiday will be much more enjoyable if there is as little disruption as possible to your little one’s sleep schedule. Preparation in creating a sleep schedule will help ensure they get the rest they need to be happy, healthy, and alert during your trip.
Even if your baby is the best sleeper in the world, it may be a whole different story when you are not in the comfort of your own home. When you’re in a strange environment things might be very different. It’s normal for babies and toddlers to test boundaries around sleep when they’re somewhere new.
Like all of us, even as adults, trying to sleep in a strange place can make you feel uncomfortable, this is no different for your baby. If they cry for a while at bedtime or wake up at odd times during the night, it is important that you handle this behaviour in the same way that you would at home so that they feel comforted in the same way. If your child has a treasured comfort item, it will go a long way to helping them feel safe and secure enough to fall asleep in a strange environment. Even a familiar smell that is comforting may be all it takes for them to turn over and go back to sleep.
A mistake that is often made when travelling is when parents share a bed with their baby or toddler if co-sleeping is not normally part of the routine at home. Even if it’s only for a few nights, if your baby decides this is her new preferred way to sleep, you could find yourself dealing with a big problem when you get home and put them back into their own bed or crib.