When you’re on holiday, you may find it less stressful if you can be a bit flexible with baby’s bedtime. They may sleep more during the day, especially if you’re outdoors and they’re in their pram or being carried around. So, if they want to stay up and have dinner, then that’s okay.
When you do put them to bed for the night, try to make the experience as familiar as it would be at home. You might not be able to bath your little one every night before bed, but you can give them similar bed time cues as you wash them, clean their teeth and settle them down. Sing the same lullabies, read the same night time story and use the same comforter or sleep bag.
Place your baby on their back in a cot close to your bed. It’s better to settle them in their own sleeping space than in bed with you as they’re less likely to resist going into their cot when you go home, and you get a good night’s sleep too. You may need to stay with them a little longer to help them settle, to offer a bit of comfort and reassurance, but try to let them go to sleep on their own.
If baby’s nursery at home is a very dark room, they may have trouble adapting to sleeping in a brighter, lighter environment on holiday, especially if you’ve changed time zones too. Think about what you can do to keep their sleeping environment cool and dark, by using a fan or investing in a portable blackout blind like the Gro Anywhere Blind.
We all relax the rules a bit on holiday, and that goes for babies and toddlers too. If sleep and nap times have been all over the place, try not to worry too much, but aim to get back into your usual routine as soon as you’re home. You may find that familiar sights, sounds and surroundings help. Don’t be tempted to carry on the holiday habits for a little longer though as you may find you’re stuck with them.
Wherever you travel, no matter how long or short the journey, enjoy the time with your little one sharing new experiences and showing them new parts of their world.