Before children, vacation meant sleeping in and returning from a trip rested. Then you become a parent and discover (the hard way) that vacation sleep can be much worse than at home.
So, why is it such a common issue for families with small children? For one thing, people don't sleep well in unfamiliar places in general, according to Alexis Dubief, the founder of Precious Little Sleep, a baby sleep expert. This is known as the "first night effect" in adults, but she believes it has a greater impact on children.
How To Achieve Good Vacation Sleep For Your Child
Experts and parents alike share their tips for getting kids (and, by extension, adults) to sleep better on vacation.
1. Make a relaxing atmosphere.
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Even if you aren't on vacation, you can still provide a relaxing and soothing environment for your toddler. Dim the lights, play soft music, and use aromatherapy to create a relaxing atmosphere.
2. Maintain a routine
Even if you're not on vacation, following a routine can help your toddler sleep better. Make an effort to develop a consistent bedtime routine that includes a bath, storytime, and cuddles. Consistency can help your toddler feel more secure and relaxed, allowing them to fall asleep more easily.
3. Reduce stimulation before going to bed.
Toddlers, like adults, require time to unwind before going to bed. Avoid stimulating activities such as screen time and rough play in the hours before bedtime. Instead, choose quiet activities such as reading or colouring.
4.Make your sleeping environment as comfortable as possible.
Ascertain that your toddler's sleeping environment is both comfortable and conducive to sleep. A comfortable mattress, pillows, and blankets are included. Also, ensure that the room is at a comfortable temperature and free of distractions such as electronics.
5. Spend as much time as possible outside.
Being outside and getting some fresh air can help toddlers tire out, making it easier for them to sleep at night. Whether it's a walk around the block or a trip to the park, try to incorporate plenty of outdoor time into your toddler's daily routine.
Getting A Good Vacation Sleep When Travelling Long Distance
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Be realistic about the time change when travelling long distances. Before you leave, try adjusting your bedtime to match the time at your destination. Embrace on-the-go naps and make the idea of sleeping in a new bed appealing.
Try not to be too concerned about your child's sleep on the trip. Allow yourself a few days to adjust once you return home.
In conclusion, vacation sleep can be easier for your little one. You can help your child get the sleep they need by creating a calm and consistent sleep environment, reducing stimulation before bedtime, and getting plenty of outdoor time. So, bid farewell to sleepless vacation nights and hello to a well-rested toddler!
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