Going on holiday is always fun but you may feel a little confused as what to do with sleeping arrangements. In this blog today I am going to give you some ideas and options for setting up bedrooms while you are away as not to disturb any good sleep habits you have got already going on!
I would always suggest that you follow your child’s sleep schedule as much as possible while away on holiday. Check out my blog here to understand why. One reason it keeps your child’s circadian rhythm on track and the body will know when sleep is coming. Obviously this involves lots of science behind this so do have a read of that blog!
On arrival at your destination set up a sleep space that is familiar to your child. Take the same used sheets from home, the same lovey/comforter white noise/sleep bag and pyjamas. Spend time in that room during the day for your child to become familiar with it. Put some toys and books in there and try to keep the space tidy and clutter free. Clutter causes stress and that is the last thing you want on your holiday.
When it is time for sleep ensure the bedroom is very dark. You may be lucky enough to get hold of the Slumberpod but as yet they are not able to distribute in all countries across the globe another choice would be a cot black out from SnoozeShade. Use code RachaelWilson10 to receive a 10% discount of your SnoozeShade purchase. You can also use the travel black out blinds here.
Practice having your child sleep in the travel cot a few nights BEFORE you leave, this way they become familiar. Let them play in it and explore it.
For your toddler bringing the sleep clock they have at home if using one will help them feel comfortable and understand on holiday wake up time rules still apply if not even more! Have you tried the Gro clock or ZaZu Lamb clock? Zazu Lamb is my fave as he has a red face and red light is better for the sleep hormone melatonin.
Keep the bedtime routine pattern the same as you have at home and the sleep space CALM! It is hard I know when granny wants to come in and wind the children up for some pre sleep games but this will not help you settling them quietly! And also on holiday it is not the place to start a new routine or practice sleep training.
Get creative with the sleep spaces you have. You may have a bathroom big enough to pop the travel cot into or a walk in wardrobe! If sharing a room with siblings you may like to try moving some furniture around to separate the beds. Are you able to hang up a sheet to separate beds also? May be worth taking a black sheet and some painters tape with you so you have this option!
You may need to put the travel cot in your room but there is nothing wrong with placing it at the bottom of your bed rather than next to your side of the bed. If your child does not sleep next to you at home then it is OK to continue this on holiday.
Ensure the sleep space is safe. Tie up any loose cables, blind strings and cover electrical outlets. Do not place the cot near a window.
Don’t stress if sleep does go a little awry on your return. You can get back on track once you are home! It may take a week or so but as long as you are consistent then it should happen! Enjoy your holiday and have fun with the family!
Sleep well travellers!
Your paediatric Sleep Consultant
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