Holiday season is a busy time and so being organised helps you to get the most out of the experience. Certified Sleep Sense Consultant Judy Clark shares her advice on what you can do to help manage your baby’s sleep on holiday.
Baby’s sleep on holiday
As parents we tend to spend lots of time planning activities that will keep our little ones busy. But have you considered whether this could be a good time to introduce a new sleep routine?
One of the things at the top of your to-do list could be teaching your baby sleep skills that will maximise their rest time. After all, a well-rested baby makes a holiday (and every day) more enjoyable for everyone.
When should I start teaching sleep skills?
Teaching the skill of sleep is the right move for your family if you have time to easily add it to your arrangements. The process can be extremely time consuming for both you and your baby, so this change will work better if it is carried out at a quieter time.
Before you begin, you need to think about whether your family will benefit from it. To some degree this will depend on what sort of holiday you are planning.
If your holiday break this year will be mostly based at home, then this is an ideal time to teach your baby sleep skills. The skill of sleep is often more successful when it is taught over a week or two because consistency is crucial. It is also important to consider whether you may have visitors during this time who could cause interruptions to your baby’s new sleep routine.
However, if you are likely to be away or busier than usual during your holiday, then you may not be the best time to start trying to teach your baby new sleep skills.
Will my baby benefit?
If, during your holiday, you will be spending time away from your home, it’s unlikely that you will be able to give your full attention to following a new sleep routine. In this case perhaps scheduling it for after your holiday will make ensure that teaching the skill of sleep is beneficial for your baby.
If you choose to go ahead and implement a new sleep routine before or during your holiday, here is a simple rule-of-thumb that can help make the whole process efficient and successful.
Above all else, be consistent!
It’s important to establish a consistent daytime routine. Your baby should be waking up at around the same time every day. And it is equally important that they are going to sleep at the same time every evening. Both feeding times and nap times have to fall in between these times in a regular way, and this will help your baby get used to the structure of their day.
Overall, teaching your baby a new sleep routine before a holiday is a good way of getting your baby ready for a time when you want to have fun and feel refreshed. Baby’s sleep on holiday should follow a similar set routine; it’ll leave them alert and ready for the day ahead. Although it does take time, perseverance is important and understanding of the needs of your baby is vital.
Was this information useful to you? Judy would love to hear your feedback regarding your sleep routine.