How To Help Your Child Sleep During Holiday Travels (+ a Giveaway!)

How To Help Your Child Sleep During Holiday TravelsFun fact: did you know the week of Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel weeks of the entire year? Odds are you will be doing some traveling in a few weeks, as you celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. But while all that traveling can be fun, it can also spell disaster for your child’s sleep.

Not to worry, though - with some careful prep work and some diligence on your part, you can prevent your holiday traveling from turning your child into a cranky, overtired mess.

The Baby Sleep Site®’s Top Travel + Sleep Tips

1. Plan your travel time accordingly with nap or bedtime. If your child sleeps in the car, plan to be on the plane or in the car during naptime, if possible. If your child uses a Zipadee-Zip, this is a great tool to bring with you for on-the-go naps as it can be safely buckled into a car seat and provides a great sleep cue for nap time and can help ensure longer naps on the road.  However, if your child won’t sleep in the car, prepare to leave right after his first nap of the day. That first nap is usually the most restorative and the most necessary - making that nap a good one can help ward off over tiredness and crankiness.

2. Bring along your child’s favorite sheets, Zipadee-Zip, familiar stuffed animals, or loveys to make a “foreign” place as much like home as possible, for sleeping. Also consider bringing along portable black-out shades and a noise machine, to keep you baby’s sleeping area as “sleepy” as possible.

3. Over the holiday, while you’re out of town and visiting friends or relatives, stick to your usual sleep schedule as best you can, but do make allowances for special circumstances. A few late bedtimes, or a missed nap here or there, is fine, provided you keep them to a minimum.

4. Sleep train or not during vacation? It depends on where you are going and for how long. If you have a short 2-4 day visit planned, suspend any sleep training and just get back to it when you’re home. If you’ll be out of town for weeks, however, then it may be a good idea to consider continuing your sleep training effort while you’re away, especially if your host will be accommodating.

5. Once you return from your travels, allow a few days to get sleep back on track. If your child seems overtired, plan for a few days of early bedtimes and very consistent nap times. Be sure that sleep is back to normal before you resume any attempts at sleep training.

Of course, I should point out that my #1 tip is to relax and have fun over the holidays! These are “holidays” for a reason, after all; enjoy the time away from work and from your usual responsibilities, and celebrate with those you love! Any sleep issues that crop up over your holiday travels can be dealt with once you’re home - and keep in mind that my team and I can help with that!

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Enter to win a baby sleep package, which includes a 3-month membership to the Baby Sleep Site, an Express Sleep Plan, and a Zipadee-Zip. We're giving away TWO of these packages, so you have two chances to win. 

NOTE: The Express Sleep Plan can ONLY be awarded to a family whose child is at least four months old. We will contact you if you win to ensure your child is old enough to use the plan.

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Guest blog by Nicole Johnson, President and Lead Sleep Consultant at The Baby Sleep Site®

Nicole Johnson is a married mother of two wonderful boys and owner of The Baby Sleep Site. When her eldest son was born, he had a lot of sleep problems – he would wake every one or two hours, all night long!

She got busy and thoroughly researched literature and scientific reports until she became an expert in sleep methods, scheduling routines, baby developmental needs, and more. She overcame her son’s sleeping issues in a way that matched her own parenting style, and knew it was her mission to help other tired parents “find their child’s sleep."

If you have your own sleep issues, Nicole and her team at The Baby Sleep Site® can help! Download the popular free guide, 5 Ways To Help Your Child Sleep Through The Night, to get started today.

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  • Jami Newman says...

    My cute niece LOVED her Zippadee-Zip and now that I am having a few sleep struggles with my baby boy, I am wanting to try one. Helpful tips for traveling to grandma’s house this Christmas…thank you!

    On November 19, 2015

  • Nicole says...

    Lovin’ it!

    On November 16, 2015

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