Baby Sleep And Travel: Preparations To Help You Relieve Stress

Are you planning a trip on which you'll be away from home? Maybe you are driving to a special event a few states away or flying to visit your parent's house for the weekend. Whatever the case, it is common for children (and adults!) to feel apprehensive about traveling away from home. This can result in their sleep patterns being disrupted. However, with a few simple preparations, you can ensure that you and your child have a relaxing and enjoyable experience at your destination.

Tip #1 - Connection

It is essential for children to feel a sense of connection and communication with their parents, especially regarding matters of safety. A child's sense of security is crucial in developing a secure attachment and optimal sleep ability. To ensure that your child is adequately prepared for a change in routine, you must let them know when and where you will be going. This will help them to understand and cooperate with the changes. Additionally, spending plenty of time playing, listening, and engaging in quality one-on-one time before and during your trip will help ensure that you and your child are emotionally prepared for the change.

Tip #2 - Replicate The Environment

When traveling with young children, trying to replicate their home sleep environment as much as possible is essential. This means packing all the necessary creature comforts and sleep associations such as sleeping bags, swaddles, unique toys, bedding, white noise, pacifiers, and bedclothes. Doing this can help your child feel more comfortable and secure in unfamiliar surroundings and hopefully make the transition to sleeping away from home a little easier.

Tip #3 - Maintain Normal Routine

The main reason why children's Sleep gets disturbed after holidays is because of jet lag and travel across time zones. This can cause inconsistency with bedtime at night and waketime in the morning, leading to feeling overtired. To avoid this, aim to maintain your routine (meal, nap, and bedtimes) as much as possible.

Tip #4 - Sleeping Arrangement

If your child is sleeping in a pack' n play or travel crib while you are away, it is best to set one up at home a few days in advance. This will help your child become familiar with the pack' n play and reduce any anxiety they may feel while away from home. Encourage your child to play in the pack 'n play or travel crib during the day and aim to have some naps and overnight sleeps in it before you leave. This will help reduce your child's stress or anxiety from home.

If you're bedsharing, confirm that you will have a bed big enough for co-sleeping at your destination. This is important to ensure that you have a comfortable place to sleep and avoid any potential problems that could arise from sleeping in a smaller bed. If you have an infant, also carefully consider whether co-sleeping is something you feel you can do safely.

Sometimes the hotel setup may not be comfortable for co-sleeping/bed-sharing. If you are not satisfied with the setup, here are a few options:

  • -Remove excess bedding and pillows.

  • -Pull the mattress onto the floor to create a floor bed.

  • -Move furniture around to get rid of gaps.

Tip #5- Don't Fret

It's perfectly normal for your baby or toddler's sleep to be disturbed while traveling. There are a lot of new stimuli for them to take in, which can be overwhelming. Just enjoy your trip and let them adjust at their own pace. They'll be back to their regular sleep schedule in no time.

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