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10 tips to help baby sleep on holidays

  1. Stick to a familiar routine: Babies thrive on routine, so try to maintain their regular sleep schedule as much as possible. Keep consistent bedtimes and nap times where possible.
  2. Create a sleep-friendly environment: Set up a comfortable and familiar sleep environment for your baby. Bring along their favorite blanket, sleeing bag, the sheet from their cot at home (unwashed so it smells like home), or stuffed animal to help create a sense of familiarity and security.
  3. Choose appropriate rooms: When selecting rooms, consider a quiet and separate sleeping space for your baby. A separate room or a portable crib can help create a sleep-friendly environment.
  4. Bring familiar sleep aids: If your baby relies on sleep aids such as white noise machines, nightlights, or soothers, be sure to pack them for your trip. These familiar items can help your baby feel more secure and promote better sleep.
  5. Maintain sleep cues: Continue to use familiar sleep cues, such as reading a bedtime story, popping into their sleeping bag or singing a lullaby, to signal to your baby that it’s time to sleep. These consistent cues can help them transition to sleep even in a new environment.
  6. Stick to the bedtime routine: Keep your baby’s bedtime routine consistent, even while on holidays. Following the same sequence of activities before bed, such as bath time, pajamas, and feeding, can signal to your baby that it’s time to wind down and prepare for sleep.
  7. Adjust for time zone differences: If you’re traveling across different time zones, gradually adjust your baby’s sleep schedule before your trip. Gradual adjustments of 15-30 minutes per day leading up to the trip can help minimize jet lag and make the transition smoother.
  8. Plan for downtime: Holidays can be exciting and stimulating for babies, so plan for downtime during the day to prevent overtiredness. Give your baby opportunities to rest and recharge, whether it’s through quiet activities or nap times.
  9. Be flexible but consistent: While it’s important to stick to routines, remember that holidays can disrupt schedules. Be flexible and understand that some adjustments may be necessary. However, try to maintain consistency as much as possible to minimize sleep disruptions.
  10. Stay calm and relaxed: Babies are sensitive to their parents’ emotions, so it’s crucial to stay calm and relaxed when managing sleep on hols. Creating a peaceful and soothing atmosphere can help your baby feel secure and promote better sleep.

Remember that every baby is different, and it may take some time for your little one to adjust to the new environment. Patience, flexibility and understanding are key as you navigate sleep routines while on holiday.

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