Sleep training your baby is challenging. Once you have a good routine down and they’re finally sleeping through the night the thought of any disruption to your routine is anxiety-provoking. As the holidays approach, you’re probably worried about what impact the lively season will have on your baby’s sleep schedule. Between visiting relatives and late nights celebrating, your nights are going to be longer and a little noisier. Plus, holiday travel tends to mean crowded airports and a lot of traffic. What does all of the excitement this mean for your baby’s sleeping training progress?
You’re likely envisioning your baby up late into the night, overtired during the day, taking naps in the evening and disrupting their sleep. But, if you plan properly, you will be able to maintain your baby’s nightly routine. It is possible to travel for the holidays without breaking your baby’s sleep training habits and keep your sanity.
There are two big factors to consider when preparing for holiday travel: visiting your family and traveling to and from your destination. Fortunately, if you follow these tips you can tackle both without a problem. After all, you should enjoy the holidays and time with family.
Follow these tips to make your travel as seamless and enjoyable as possible:
Traveling With Your Baby
This is the first major step that you need to prepare for. The way you approach this depends on the stage you’re on in your baby’s sleep training process. If you haven’t started sleep training yet, it’s best to wait until after you return home. Starting a new and difficult process will only be made more challenging by the uncertainty of travel. Plus, a big part of effective sleep training is developing a routine and a sense of comfort for your baby. That’s difficult to do when you’re away from your home and any progress that you do make may not last when you return.
If you have started to sleep train your baby, there are plenty of ways to make sure that you keep up this training process throughout your trip. First, you’ll want to make sure that you pack everything your baby needs to feel like they’re at home. Recreating their own idea of normalcy is key to keeping up with the process.
Then, you’ll want to schedule your travel time to align with your baby’s naptime. If you’re driving, try to drive during your baby’s naps. Then, schedule your stops during the times when they’re awake. Use this time to bring them outside for fresh air which will help them fall asleep faster when the next naptime hits.
If you’re flying you have less control over your environment and schedule. This is one of the few times that you should do whatever you can to appease your baby. If they are supposed to be sleeping, but they don’t want to distract them with toys, books, snacks, anything that will keep them from crying throughout the flight.
Visiting Family With Your Baby
Your next obstacle is visiting your family with your baby. While your relatives are going to be excited to see your baby, and your baby will be more energized from the excitement, you have to try to stick to your baby’s normal sleep schedule. Explain to your family that your baby has to stay on schedule so that when she is awake they can enjoy their time with her.
After all, no one wants to be around an overtired baby. To prevent all of the crying, missed naptime, and stress, make sure that your baby routinely takes naps, and has as much space as possible to sleep. Create a quiet space without any other people for your baby to sleep. This will help her fall asleep faster and stay asleep throughout the night.
Traveling with your baby during the holidays doesn’t have to interrupt your sleep training process. Take the steps you need to ensure that you and your baby are well-rested.