How to Avoid the Holiday (Lack of Sleep) Hangover

The holidays are fast approaching. Many us will be traveling with our little ones but are super nervous about keeping to our schedule and not “ruining”their babies awesome schedule. Here are a few tips I have when travelling with the kiddos and enjoying the holidays as best we we can!

I get asked a lot about how I vacation with my child. I always joke that its not really a vacation when travelling with a toddler, it is more or less just going somewhere different. I do follow a few rules tho to make everyones life a little easier.

  1. I try to make her sleep environment as close to home as possible. I always throw in a few of her own bedsheets, the white noise machine and her lovely. I know how it feels to sleep in an unfamiliar place. I’m not 100% comfortable so I don’t expect her to be. If you are taking a travel crib along with you, I don’t recommend trying to get your little one used to sleeping in it before you leave. Just do the transition once you have arrived at your destination. Again, I know it will take some adjusting so my expectations aren’t too high.
  2. I know that keeping a routine won’t be as easy as it is when at home. I do like to try and keep some sort of structure just so she doesn’t feel too out of sorts. I try my best to keep naps and bedtime as consistent as possible but when they aren’t, I don’t get too stressed. I just don’t try pushing her too much because i know we will all suffer the next day.
  3. Flying and the travelling (car, boat etc) is usually the biggest stress. There is never a good time to travel! You can try scheduling travel time in and around when they sleep but, there is no guarantee that they will actually sleep while in transit. You hear a lot about packing them busy bags, packing things that will keep them occupied. Snacks, stickers, colouring books and stories are always great things to keep their mind off of having to stay put for hours at a time. Also, if you fly as frequently as we do and if your child is anything like mine and has ants in their pants, I discovered a safety harness that transforms the airplane seat into something like a carseat. This way I wasn’t having to lug the carseat on the plane and I didn’t have to worry about her unbuckling herself. I also bought her her own headphones made just for toddlers so she could feel like a ‘big girl’ and watch her own movie/tv show on the plane. Both worth the money just to save your sanity.
  4. GET OUTSIDE! Getting out and getting some fresh air will do wonders! Stay busy and have some fun! Staying active keeps everyone happy. Don’t stay cooped up, enjoy your getaway! If you’re having fun, so will your little one!

When children are little, travelling can be stressful, but it can also be super fun. Don’t have high expectations and take things as they come. If they’re sleep isn’t great while you’re away, you can always get back on track once you get back home. Just remember, have fun!

By | 2019-04-08T14:46:19+00:00 November 30th, 2018|Travel & Jet Lag|Comments Off on How to Avoid the Holiday (Lack of Sleep) Hangover

About the Author:

Laura Armstrong is a certified Sleep Consultant and mother to her amazing daughter Norah, and wife to her wonderful husband Daniel. They live in the west end of Toronto. While Norah started off as the perfect sleeper with time things regressed and she was no longer sleeping well, waking almost every 1-2 hours every night. Slowly the overtired cycle was created and Laura realized she needed help. Through her own research and with the help of her mom, a registered nurse (whose own children were all sleep trained), Laura and Dan created a plan that worked for her family and once again Norah was sleeping through the night and their family’s sleep debt was slowly chipped away. This is what brought Laura to Alanna and Good Night Sleep Site. Laura never realized how much guidance and support one needs to get their child to sleep until she went through it herself. She understands the importance of sleep and wants to be able to help families in need. She knows the frustrations behind sleepless nights and overtired children and wants families to know that they’re not alone. When Laura isn't helping families sleep, she works as a Registered Massage Therapist at her own practice in Toronto located in Roncesvalles Village, specializing in infant and family massage. Laura and her family also enjoy spending time up north at the cottage or just exploring the great city they live in.