Handling Sleep Schedules While Traveling

We know traveling is daunting, but here's the thing: one day, or even a few days, is NOT going to wreck your solid sleep foundation. Here’s 5 tips to help handle sleep schedules while traveling:

1. Assists for naps as needed. Yes, hold, rock, sway, wear, ect. your baby in order to get some sleep for your little one during all of the busy holiday activities. You're not creating bad habits but rather ensuring that your little one doesn't end up overtired and cranky for the entirety of your trip!

2. Aim for one, solid crib nap in a separate room with white noise and blackout curtains, IF POSSIBLE. You know that sleep environment is one of the key players when it comes to getting good rest. Upon arriving at your destination, setup your little one's sleep environment so you know that it's ready to go when your little one is in need of some shut eye. I highly recommend using a Slumberpod while traveling, but don't under estimate the power of tape (ducktape, painter's tape, or whatever you can find) and a spare blanket/sheet/towel over the window in order to make the room as dark as possible. Portable sound machines are also great to have on hand. Need help finding one? Check out my favorite on Amazon.

3. Remember to do a mini bedtime routine to help prepare your little one for sleep. This will tell their brain it’s time to sleep even though they are in a new, unfamiliar environment. Keep the routine short, no longer than 5 minutes, and include the key elements of the bedtime routine: sleep sack, white noise, dark environment.

4. It’s okay to let naps go longer or even an extra nap to help ensure your little one isn’t overtired with all the fun festivities occurring. Yes, it's going to be tough to release the power of the clock during your travels, but please listen: Being off schedule for a few days is not going to ruin your good sleep foundation. This time is about making memories so if your little one goes down for a late nap: it's okay! Toddler skips their nap: Again, it's okay! When you return home there will be an adjustment period regardless so don't let being off schedule ruin family time that you so greatly deserve.

5. ENJOY the holidays and CAPTURE the memories. It's true what they say, the days are long but the years are short!

Returning home from traveling can seem just as daunting as traveling itself when thinking about returning to your routine. Sometimes returning from vacation brings even more sleep challenges for our kids, such a tantrums, overtired, etc. Here are a few ways to help everyone get back on schedule and sleeping well again.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀


𝟏. 𝐄𝐱𝐩𝐞𝐜𝐭 𝐬𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐬𝐞𝐭𝐛𝐚𝐜𝐤𝐬. Just like most things in parenting, mindset is key. It is normal for kids to have some setbacks after traveling and it may take them a few days to a week to adjust back to their normal routine. There may be some middle of the night wake-ups or early mornings, but remember to breathe, return to the basics of what works for independent sleep with your child, and everything will fall back into place. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀