Traveling with a Baby? Sleeping Tips for When You Travel
One of the most dreaded parts of travel with kids- and what weighs on every parent’s mind before and during the trip is sleep, and we are no exception! No one wants to rock the boat when things are going well with a sleeping baby, but it shouldn’t be a reason to hold you back from traveling with your tike!
The common questions around sleep and travel we see are centered on:
While we are all concerned with sleep, we can also appreciate that sleep impacts almost every aspect of a child’s life, most of all their mood. So, what advice do we have on the subject? Lucky for you, a ton!
Sleeping during Travel
It’s important to start your trip off right...
When booking your flight, try to not schedule it during times that your child will be over-tired. The best flights are early morning. When possible, look for direct flights to minimize delays (i.e., less opportunity to have an overtired child on your hands).
Before you go, make sure (as well as you can manage) that your child is well-rested. We know this is easier said than done, but do your best! A sleep deprived baby is a cranky baby so if you need to make adjustments the day before you travel to get your baby well-rested do it, it will pay off in the end.
You can mimic a good sleep environment while you travel by bringing the right equipment.
Adjusting to a New Sleep Environment
To be honest there is no silver bullet for this one, but you can make sure you are setting up your baby for sleep success. It’s all about getting your new environment to mimic home.
As the baby grows, he or she will be more aware of a change in environment. To make the adjustment better it’s all about getting your baby familiar with their temporary home. That includes doing at least one nap at “home” a day. You can certainly bend the rules (it’s vacation!) as long as you aren’t stretching your child too much and creating an overtired child in the process.
Jetlag impacts a baby as much as an adult and the best way to deal with it is to be prepared and give it time!
While all of this is daunting and it may discourage you from travel, trust yourself and your baby that you will do just fine! The reality turns out to be much better than your fears.