How to stay on track!
Traveling is a tricky endeavor when you’re trying to keep baby on a sleep schedule. There’s always something exciting going on, friends and relatives who are anxious to see the baby, and they have no idea how hard you’ve worked to get your little one sleeping through the night.
As tempting as it may be to let baby skip a nap, or let bedtime fall back an hour or two, so that you can fit these extra activities into your trip, I highly recommend you resist the temptation and stick to the schedule as closely as possible.
- Changes in the routine are the quickest way to end up with an overtired baby, and overtiredness will almost undoubtedly see a reemergence of those bad sleep habits you’ve all worked so hard to prevent.
- In the event you have to share a room with your little one, try to create some kind of partition in the room so that baby can’t see you from their crib. Hang a blanket from a line running across the room, if necessary, but don’t bring them into bed with you if youcan avoid it. Larger closets that can fit a pack and play are my favorite. It gives baby their own space and also provides darkness and a sound barrier from parents. Bathrooms can be another option if you have somewhere else to go during the night.
- Bring along babies blanket, lovey and sleeping clothes. Anything that smells familiar and reminds them of their home sleeping environment will help them get to sleep in their new surroundings. Also, don’t forget your white noise machine!
If baby’s tired and cranky, you’re going to have a lousy time. Sticking to the schedule and keeping baby well-rested will assure that the time you do get to spend with friends and family is fun, happy and relaxed.