It’s that time of the year! Beach, sun, family time… but not everything is fun and games. Avoiding a sleep regression while traveling is the biggest challenge you’ll face. Here are a few tips on how to avoid that.
If you’re traveling to different time zones, spend a lot of time in the sun. This will get your child’s circadian rhythm (and yours) tune to the new schedule.
Resist temptation and stick to your schedule as much as you can. Respect your child’s routine and make sure she naps.
Avoid overtiredness. Be consistent with your child’s nap times and bedtimes. Overtiredness often results in poor sleep over night and turns bedtime into a battlefield.
If you have to share a room, create a space for your child. Partition the room with a large piece of furniture like a sofa, or hang a blanket from a line going across the room so your child can’t see you. Don’t share a bed with your child.
Bring along familiar objects. A favorite lovie, the sleep sack she always sleeps in, and a stuffed animal are all items that will help her keep things familiar int he new sleeping environment.
Stick to your bedtime and nap rituals like glue. Rituals are the most important cue to your child’s body that bedtime is getting close. Keeping the rituals intact will make the transition a lot smoother.
If all fails, go back to your routine as soon as you go back home. Use the same strategies you were using before your trip, and be very consistent. While you’ll see a small regression, if you avoid reverting to sleep props, it will be very short lived.