When you're away from home, bedtime can be somewhat of a struggle when you have little ones in tow. I mean, we all like our home comforts, don't we? And just as you might find the hotel pillows less than perfect while you're on holiday, there's a good chance your little ones might find it hard to sleep in a strange environment too. This week we're looking at three top tips for helping baby to sleep on holiday. Do let us know if you have any more to add!
Stick to your routine wherever you can
It's important to remember that while you're on holiday, flexibility is key- but that doesn't mean you should drop your whole routine altogether. In fact, while you're away form home sticking to your routine wherever you can is probably the most important thing you can do if you want to help baby sleep. We humans are creatures of comfort, and that goes for babies and adults alike. We need to know what we're doing and when, and for babies this is essential if you want them to sleep well. So stick to your routine wherever you can- try these tips to help:
- Take a SnoozeShade for naps on the go! If you're out and about and it's nap time, there's no need to cut things short or to change your plans. If you have your SnoozeShade with you, simply pop it over the pram or stroller and create a darkened sleeping environment in just a couple of minutes. This will help to eliminate distractions and protect from the sun's rays too- so don't leave home without it!
- Plan your day around your naps. If you know that you're likely to be out for most of the morning, try to stick to the same routine as you normally would at home, returning back to the hotel or villa in time for a sleep. Or, return to the pool and pop baby in the pram with the SnoozeShade. Don't worry if you're a little late for the nap, or if baby was up a little later than usual- adjust your timings as necessary.
- Don't skip naps. This is probably one of the worst things you can do while you're on holiday- an over tired baby doesn't sleep better at night, I promise!
- Let your baby lead the way. If she is ready for a nap a little earlier than usual, then go with it. And if she doesn't sleep at bedtime until a little later, go with that too. Things will settle back down again once you're home and back to reality.
Take home comforts with you
It might not be possible to take everything that your baby usually relies on for sleep, but there are a few home comforts you can pack with you to make bedtime a little easier. Favourite blankets, comforters and so on are all important and essential tools when it comes to helping baby sleep on holiday. Write a list of the things that your baby needs, and make sure you pack them!
Stay sun safe
If you're going somewhere hot, take precautions throughout the day to limit the amount of sunshine your baby is exposed to, and to keep her cool and shaded. Obviously, your SnoozeShade will play an importune role in this! At other times, follow this guidance for easy ways to protect kids from the sun. Remember that babies under the age of six months cannot use sun screen, so make sure you avoid the sun completely at its hottest, and find as much shade as you can for the rest of the day.
If your child does get too much sun, read this post for advice on what to do. Be aware that too much sun exposure can not only be disastrous for night time sleep, but can have serious health implications too. If unsure, stay out of the sun, cover up and always use sun protection.